Guidelines for interviewing children during child custody evaluations

Powell, Martine and Lancaster, Sandra 2003, Guidelines for interviewing children during child custody evaluations, Australian psychologist, vol. 38, no. 1, pp. 46-54, doi: 10.1080/00050060310001707017.

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Title Guidelines for interviewing children during child custody evaluations
Author(s) Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine
Lancaster, Sandra
Journal name Australian psychologist
Volume number 38
Issue number 1
Start page 46
End page 54
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2003-03
ISSN 0005-0067
Summary This paper offers a brief review of the current literature related to the interviewing of children during child custody evaluations. In particular, the paper highlights several key issues and concerns, and provides a series of recommendations for professionals working in this area. These recommendations (which apply to children aged 3 to 12 years) are organised under the following headings: (a) establish rapport using broad open-ended questions, (b) make the purpose and ground rules of the interview clear to the child, (c) allow the child's perspective be heard without expecting an outright custody preference, (d) demonstrate a willingness to consider all reasonable perspectives or hypotheses about what has occurred, (e) try not to exacerbate the child's stress or guilt, (f) pursue all possible explanations for a child's report, irrespective of whether there are clear signs of “coaching” or contamination, (g) obtain appropriate training in the use of forensic interviewing techniques, and (h) engage in research on the impact of children's participation in custody cases.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00050060310001707017
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2003, Australian Psychological Society
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