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Getting the Details: Gathering Episodic Information in Cases of Repeated Abuse- A Research-to-Practice Summary

Show simple item record Chamberlin, A. K., & National Children’s Advocacy Center 2016-05-10T17:11:31Z 2016-05-10T17:11:31Z 2016
dc.identifier.citation National Children’s Advocacy Center (2016). Getting the details: Gathering episodic information in cases of repeated abuse-A Research-to-Practice Summary. Huntsville, AL: Author. en_US
dc.description.abstract When interviewing children about suspected abuse it is important to gather as many details as possible. Unfortunately, many victims of child maltreatment experience abuse on numerous occasions, and as similar events may be repeatedly experienced, it becomes increasingly difficult for children to discriminate between individual episodes. In jurisdictions across the United States, successful prosecution of an alleged offender often depends on a child’s ability to recount specific, individual incidences of abuse with regard to location, time, and type of abuse. Even when details specific to an occurrence of abuse are not required, children’s credibility is enhanced by providing organized episodic narratives (Brubacher, Powell, & Roberts, 2014). This paper examines the challenges faced by children attempting to recall specific details from a set of repeated events, the benefits of providing children with an opportunity to describe in detail a non-abusive event before transitioning to the substantive phase of a forensic interview, and children’s ability to retrieve temporal (time-related) information from memory. Finally, the author will review evidence-based strategies that forensic interviewers can employ to enhance children’s recall of information in cases of repeated events. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher National Children's Advocacy Center en_US
dc.subject children's memory en_US
dc.subject script en_US
dc.subject episodic en_US
dc.subject child abuse en_US
dc.subject forensic interview en_US
dc.subject repeated abuse en_US
dc.subject NCAC publication
dc.title Getting the Details: Gathering Episodic Information in Cases of Repeated Abuse- A Research-to-Practice Summary en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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