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Interviewing of children for family law matters: a review

Turoy-Smith, Katrine and Powell, Martine 2016, Interviewing of children for family law matters: a review, Australian psychologist, vol. 52, pp. 1-9, doi: 10.1111/ap.12193.

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Title Interviewing of children for family law matters: a review
Author(s) Turoy-Smith, KatrineORCID iD for Turoy-Smith, Katrine
Powell, Martine
Journal name Australian psychologist
Volume number 52
Start page 1
End page 9
Total pages 9
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Place of publication Chichester, Eng.
Publication date 2016-06-16
ISSN 0005-0067
Keyword(s) best interests
child interviews
children's participation
family assessments
family law
investigative interviewing
Summary Objective: This study aims to provide a review of the current literature on the interviewing of children for family law matters as an up-to-date resource for practitioners who might be starting out in, or considering entering, the family law arena and as a guide for future research. Method: This study is a literature review of publications concerning the purpose and practice of child interviews in family law matters. Specifically, this review is structured around the following questions: (a) what is sought from interviews with children for family law matters; (b) what capacity do children have to provide reliable information; and (c) how should children and how are children currently being interviewed in the family law context. Results: Research on the interviewing of children for family law matters is still in its infancy, with the majority of the work concentrated on providing guidelines, principles, and suggestions for interviews without an evaluation of whether these guidelines or suggestions are being utilised or whether they are effective. Conclusions: No one has yet extensively examined how child interviews for parenting disputes are being conducted. Overall, the aim of future research should therefore include investigation of: (a) how children are actually being interviewed for reports in family law proceedings; (b) what effect known interviewing techniques have in the family law context; and (c) how best practice interviewing can be developed and applied for assessments in family law proceedings.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/ap.12193
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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