Sexually and Physically Abused Children
There are at least two distinct roles that a mental health professional could be called upon to play when interviewing a child who has been abused sexually or physically or both. One would be that of a psychiatric/psychological interviewer whose major task is to determine the kinds of emotional and behavioral problems that exist because of the abuse. In this role, the interviewer would be assessing psychiatric symptomatology as reported by both the child and the parent(s) in order to generate a specific psychiatric diagnosis and a systematic plan for treatment. This professional role would be similar to that of other mental health professionals who routinely interview children who present with a variety of emotional and behavioral difficulties.
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