Forensic Interviews Regarding Child Sexual Abuse

A Guide to Evidence-Based Practice

  • William T. O'Donohue
  • Matthew Fanetti

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Cara Laney, Elizabeth F. Loftus
    Pages 1-17
  3. Kristen J. MacLeod
    Pages 41-56
  4. Dwight J. Peterson, Kevin T. Jones, Jaclyn A. Stephens, Filiz Gözenman, Marian E. Berryhill
    Pages 81-105
  5. Rachel Fondren Happel
    Pages 107-122
  6. Stephen Ceci, Amelia Hritz, Caisa Royer
    Pages 141-153
  7. Jonni L. Johnson, Kelly McWilliams, Gail S. Goodman, Alexandra E. Shelley, Brianna Piper
    Pages 179-195
  8. Monica Rohrabaugh, Kamala London, Ashley K. Hall
    Pages 197-218
  9. Misty C. Duke, Elizabeth R. Uhl, Heather Price, James M. Wood
    Pages 219-236
  10. Olga Cirlugea, William T. O’Donohue
    Pages 237-255
  11. William T. O’Donohue, Olga Cirlugea, Natalie Bennett, Lorraine T. Benuto
    Pages 257-273
  12. William T. O’Donohue, Olga Cirlugea
    Pages 275-292
  13. April R. Bradley, John-Paul Legerski, Katie Thomas, Kristin E. Matson
    Pages 293-305
  14. Natalie Bennett, William T. O’Donohue
    Pages 307-316
  15. Becky Earhart, David La Rooy, Michael Lamb
    Pages 317-335
  16. William T. O’Donohue, Matthew Fanetti
    Pages 337-350
  17. Lorraine T. Benuto, Jena Garrick
    Pages 351-364
  18. Back Matter
    Pages 365-368

About this book


This wide-ranging volume combines the current findings and frontline knowledge working practitioners need to know about forensic interviewing of children in sexual abuse cases. Coverage begins with the basics: legal and ethical principles, interview planning and procedure, psychometric and cultural issues, pitfalls and how to avoid them.

Perspectives from a trial lawyer and a district attorney lend real-life details on criminal court procedure, interview procedure, legal standards, and what is expected of expert witnesses. Not only is developmental understanding of salient issues concerning children's competency and suggestibility offered here, but also vital guidance on the controversies surrounding false memories and untrue accusations.

 Included in the coverage:

  • Working with the multidisciplinary team.
  • Childhood memory: an update from cognitive neuroscience.
  • Disclosure failures: statistics, characteristics, and strategies to address them.Child abusers' threats and grooming techniques.
  • Review of psychometrics of forensic interview protocols with children.
  • Assessing the quality of forensic interviews with child witnesses.

Forensic Interviews Regarding Child Sexual Abuse brings a wealth of robust practical information to professionals working with children, including clinical and child psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers.


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Editors and affiliations

  • William T. O'Donohue
    • 1
  • Matthew Fanetti
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Nevada Department of PsychologyRENOUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyMissouri State UniversitySpringfieldUSA

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