Allegation rates in forensic child abuse investigations: Comparing the Revised and Standard NICHD Protocols
Psychology, Public Policy, and Law
American Psychological Association
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Lamb, M., & Katz, C. (2014). Allegation rates in forensic child abuse investigations: Comparing the Revised and Standard NICHD Protocols. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 20 336-344. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0037391
426 4- to 13-year-old suspected victims of intra-familial abuse were interviewed using either the NICHD Investigative Interview Standard Protocol (SP) or a Revised version of this Protocol (RP) designed to both enhance rapport between children and interviewers and provide additional non-suggestive support to suspected victims who might be reluctant to make allegations. All allegations were corroborated by independent evidence documenting that the alleged abuse had indeed taken place. Analyses revealed that children were significantly more likely to make allegations of abuse when the RP rather than the SP was employed. These results suggest that supportive forensic interviewing may facilitate valid reports of abuse by young victims who might otherwise be unwilling to make allegations.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1037/a0037391
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