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Tell Me What Happened: Structured Investigative Interviews of Child Victims and Witnesses

Tell Me What Happened: Structured Investigative Interviews of Child Victims and Witnesses

Michael E. Lamb, Irit Hershkowitz, Yael Orbach, Phillip W. Esplin

ISBN: 978-0-470-77329-1 December 2009 386 Pages



Investigation of child abuse is often hampered by doubts about the reliability of children as only sources of information. Over the last decade, consensus has been reached about children's limitations and competencies. New for the Wiley Series in the Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law, Tell Me What Happened summarizes key research on children's memory, communicative skills and social tendencies, describes how it can be incorporated into a specific structured interview technique and reviews evidence involving more than 40,000 alleged victims.
About the Authors.

Series Preface.


1 Interviewing Children About Abuse: An Overview and Introduction.

2 Factors Affecting the Capacities and Limitations of Young Witnesses.

3 How do Investigators Typically Interview Alleged Victims?

4 The NICHD Investigative Interview Protocols for Young Victims and Witnesses.

5 Does Use of the Protocol Affect theWay Investigators Interview Alleged Victims and Witnesses?

6 Interviewing Suspected Victims Under Six Years of Age.

7 The Effects of the Protocol on the Broader Investigative Process.

8 Interviewing Reluctant Suspected Victims and Suspects.

9 Interviewing Children with Intellectual and Communicative Difficulties.

10 Promoting and Maintaining Developmentally-Appropriate Interviewing by Training Interviewers.

11 What Has Been Achieved: What Else Needs to Be Done?

Appendix 1: Investigative Interview Protocol.

Appendix 2: Focused Questions about Tactile Contact [Touching].

Appendix 3: Interview Guide for Youthful Suspects.