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Guidelines for teachers to elicit detailed and accurate narrative accounts from children

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posted on 2024-06-13, 15:46 authored by SP Brubacher, MB Powell, PC Snow, H Skouteris, B Manger
This paper provides interview strategies for teachers who talk to children about serious events, including bullying, truancy, and suspected maltreatment. With regard to the latter, teachers are among the largest group of professionals reporting child abuse, but also tend to evince low substantiation rates. We review research on best practice interviewing, with a focus on its application in school settings. Interview phases are described chronologically, with interview excerpts included for illustrative purposes. Gaps in knowledge about the appropriateness of techniques are highlighted, and recommendations for future research specifically within the school setting are made. It is proposed that teachers receive basic training in best practice interviewing so that, when required, they can confidently ask about difficulties in children's lives while minimizing the potential for contamination of children's responses.

History

Journal

Children and youth services review

Volume

63

Pagination

83-92

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0190-7409

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Elsevier

Publisher

Elsevier