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Interviewing of children for family law matters: a review

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posted on 2024-06-13, 15:46 authored by KM Turoy-Smith, MB Powell
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.

History

Journal

Australian psychologist

Volume

52

Pagination

165-173

Location

Chichester, Eng.

ISSN

0005-0067

eISSN

1742-9544

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2016, Australian Psychological Society

Issue

3

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons