Professionals’ perspectives about the challenges of using interpreters in child sexual abuse interviews

Powell, Martine B, Manger, Bronwen, Dion, Jacinthe and Sharman, Stefanie J 2016, Professionals’ perspectives about the challenges of using interpreters in child sexual abuse interviews, Psychiatry, psychology and law, In Press, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1080/13218719.2016.1197815.

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Title Professionals’ perspectives about the challenges of using interpreters in child sexual abuse interviews
Author(s) Powell, Martine BORCID iD for Powell, Martine B
Manger, Bronwen
Dion, Jacinthe
Sharman, Stefanie JORCID iD for Sharman, Stefanie J
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology and law
Season In Press
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Basingstoke, Eng.
Publication date 2016-07
ISSN 1321-8719
Summary Interpreters play a crucial role in many investigative interviews with child complainants of sexual abuse; however, little has been written about the interpreting process from the perspective of the interviewers. This study elicited interviewers’ perspectives about the challenges of using interpreters, with the aim of understanding how investigative interviews could be improved. The participants consisted of 21 investigative interviewers and prosecutors of child abuse cases (from a range of jurisdictions) who use interpreters on a regular basis. Thematic analysis of semi-structured interviews with the professionals about the interpreting process revealed two main challenges particular to child abuse interviews, namely the interpreters’ lack of preparedness to deal with the traumatic and sensitive nature of children's abuse histories, and an insufficient understanding of ‘best-practice’ child interview process. The recommendations focus on the need for more specialised training for, and screening of, interpreters, and more extensive use of pre-conferencing to familiarise children with the interpreter-mediated interview process.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2016.1197815
Field of Research 1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
1801 Law
Socio Economic Objective 920501 Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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