During investigations of child sexual abuse, forensic interviewers must maintain a delicate balance of providing support for the child while collecting forensic evidence about the abuse allegation required for credible evidence for court purposes. The use of narrative practice techniques can achieve both goals by creating conditions that facilitate the possibility that children will feel safe enough to provide detailed descriptions of the alleged abuse. This article reports findings from an evaluation of a change in practice using the CornerHouse Forensic Interview Protocol in which narrative practice techniques were incorporated into the interview format. Findings show that children provided more detailed accounts of abuse when interviewers used open-ended questions and supportive statements through narrative practice.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The research on which this article is based was funded by the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Jane F. Gilgun, principal investigator.
- CornerHouse Forensic Interview Protocol
- child sexual abuse
- child victims
- children's advocacy centers
- content analysis
- forensic interviews
- narrative practice