Considerations for Pursuing Multiple Session Forensic Interviews in Child Sexual Abuse Investigations

Jacquelynn F. Duron, Fiona S. Remko

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Abstract

Multiple session forensic interviews (MSFI) are a useful tool in the field of child sexual abuse forensic interviewing given the complexity of disclosures and the variety of child-centered needs observed in practice. This paper focuses on the Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas (CACTX) model for conducting MSFIs, illustrated by a description of the statewide training models offered to member centers and enumeration of the MSFI protocol guidelines implemented by one center. A brief history and review of the single session forensic interview (SSFI) is provided followed by considerations for MSFIs in order to establish the development of current and new practices. Clarification of terms are outlined with examples of cases to distinguish between multiple sessions and subsequent sessions. The MSFI guidelines presented demonstrate how an MSFI can fit with the SSFI model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Child Sexual Abuse
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

Keywords

  • Multiple session
  • child sexual abuse
  • children’s advocacy center
  • forensic interview
  • single session

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