Planning the Forensic Interview



The overarching goal of forensic interviewing is to seek the truth. Appropriate preinterview planning aids interviewers in accomplishing this goal. In the current chapter, we discuss and make specific recommendations regarding how interviewers should prepare for the child forensic interview. We highlight the potential benefits and risks of conducting interviews with prior knowledge of child and case specific information versus conducting “blind” interviews. We advocate for a hypothesis-testing approach to forensic interviewing and discuss the potential road blocks that preinterview knowledge may have on this process. We ultimately recommend that some child and case specific information is necessary to conduct proper developmentally appropriate forensic interviews. The chapter concludes by providing specific recommendations in preparing for the child forensic interview.


Child sexual abuse  Interview planning Preparation planning 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ToledoToledoUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Southern IndianaEvansvilleUSA

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