Edition/Copyright:98 Cover: Hardback Publisher:Jerome Sattler Published: 06/01/1997 International: No
Clinical and Forensic Interviewing of Children and Families is designed to help students and professionals in human services fields become competent clinical assessment and forensic interviewers. The impetus for writing this text was my renewed appreciation of the importance of the interview as an assessment tool. The human services field is evolving rapidly. More and more children are being referred for custody evaluations, maltreatment, depression, suicide attempts, and health-related conditions. Homelessness, AIDS, substance abuse, and crisis intervention have become extremely important areas for mental health professionals. The increase in managedhealth care programs places greater demands on all clinicians to provide time-limited, focused, and cost-effective service. There is less time and money for intense diagnostic study, despite the potential benefits. A text that addressed these topics was clearly needed.
This book is based on the philosophy that one cannot be a competent clinical assessment or forensic interviewer unless he or she has the relevant information about the child's presenting problem, as well as knowledge of the interventions that might help the child and family. Therefore, in this text, you will find information about the major problem areas encountered by children and their families and about interventions, along with suggestions for conducting interviews. You should consult additional references about the child's problem areas, as needed.
This book will benefit students and professionals in all human services fields, including social work, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, rehabilitation psychology, health psychology, pediatric psychology, psychiatry, education, and speech therapy. In addition, professionals in such allied fields as medicine, nursing, law, and law enforcement have much to gain from reading it. This text provides both theoretical and practical guidelines to help students and professionals develop skills in interviewing children, adolescents, parents, families, and teachers.
One entire section of the book is devoted to the assessment of child maltreatment. Two considerations led me to give extensive coverage to this area. First, child maltreatment is of increasing concern to human services workers, as billions of dollars are being spent by governmental agencies for the investigation, care, and treatment of children who are alleged to have been maltreated or who have been maltreated. Second, the interview plays a critical role in the assessment of child maltreatment. The more you know about the pitfalls of interviewing in cases of child maltreatment, the more effective you will be in interviewing children and in presenting your findings in any criminal proceedings, in which interview techniques are sometimes challenged. The material in Section V will give you a foundation for understanding child maltreatment and a foundation for conducting child maltreatment interviews.
To conduct effective clinical assessment or forensic interviews with children and adolescents, you need to know about normal children and their families and about children who have developmental or behavioral problems or special needs. Although this book presents normal developmental landmarks and reviews features associated with several behavioral and medical problems found in children, I encourage you to read appropriate texts in normal child development and child psychopathology if you are unfamiliar with these areas.
"Jerome Sattler's Clinical and Forensic Interviewing of Children and Families is by far the best and most comprehensive resource on clinical interviewing with children and families that has ever been available. This exciting new volume by a master clinician-scholar is a contribution that will prove to be enormously useful to professionals and students who work with children and families. This book fills a large void in the field and is bound to become an instant classic."
--Eric J. Mash, University of Calgary
"Clinical and Forensic Interviewing of Children and Families will prove to be a landmark publication with respect to the interview process. It is a superb vehicle for teaching the skills required for successful interviewing. It is incredibly refreshing to have the opportunity to review a work that obviously has required much time, much research, much scholarship, and is definitely a labor of love. Dr. Sattler, thank you for a major contribution."
--Paula K. Lundberg-Love, University of Texas, Tyler
"Clinical and Forensic Interviewing of Children and Families is destined to be the classic text in its field. The book is both rich in facts and wise in counsel. The breadth of Dr. Sattler's scholarship is virtually unparalleled, and his acknowledgments make it quite clear that impressive specialists in nearly every field covered have cross-checked his work. The subsidiary materials consisting of figures, tables, and interview questionnaires will be priceless for those learning to interview as well as for professionals in the field."
--William A. Hillix, San Diego State University
Jerome Sattler Web Site, July, 2000
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SECTION I. GENERAL PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF INTERVIEWING AND REPORTING
1. Introduction to Clinical Assessment Interviewing
Goals of the Clinical Assessment Interview Factors to Consider in Performing Clinical Assessment Interviews Clinical Assessment Interviews in Relation to Other Assessment Procedures Theoretical Perspectives for the Clinical Assessment Interview Clinical Assessment Interviews Compared with Conversations and Other Types of Interviews Strengths and Weaknesses of the Clinical Assessment Interview A Preferred Model for the Interviewer-Interviewee Relationship Stages of Clinical Assessment Interviews Degrees of Structure in Initial Clinical Assessment Interviews Steps in the Clinical Assessment Process Learning to Be an Effective Interviewer Ethical Considerations for Clinical Assessment Interviewers Children at Risk Overview of the Text Concluding Comments Thinking Through the Issues Summary
2. Conducting the Interview
Introduction to Interview Guidelines Factors Influencing the Interview External Factors and Atmosphere Forming Impressions Listening Sending Nonverbal Messages Analytical Listening Observation Guidelines Establishing Rapport Timing Questions Appropriately Changing Topics Widening the Circle of Inquiry Formulating Appropriate Questions Major Types of Questions to Avoid Using Structuring Statements Encouraging Appropriate Replies Probing Effectively Dealing with Difficult Situations Remaining Objective Recording Information and Scheduling Confidentiality of the Interview Material and Assessment Findings Thinking Through the Issues Summary
3. The Initial Interview with Children
General Considerations in an Initial Interview with Children Developmental Considerations in Interviewing Children Techniques for Interviewing Children Areas Covered in the Initial Interview with Children Self-Monitoring Assessment Case History Report Thinking Through the Issues Summary
4. The Initial Interview with Parents, Teachers, and Families
Interviewing Parents Interviewing Teachers Interviewing the Family Closing the Initial Interview Evaluating the Initial Interview Thinking Through the Issues Summary
5. The Post-Assessment and Follow-Up Interviews
Post-Assessment Interview Follow-Up Interview Thinking Through the Issues Summary
6. Reliability, Validity, and Other Considerations Related to the Interview
Reliability and Validity of the Interview Assessment of Malingering Evaluating Your Interview Techniques The Challenges of Being an Expert Witness Interviewer Stress Thinking Through the Issues Summary
7. Writing the Interview Report
Introduction to Writing the Interview Report Sections of an Interview Report Principles of Report Writing Concluding Comment on Writing the Interview Report Thinking Through the Issues Summary
SECTION II. INTERVIEWING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES OF ETHNIC MINORITY GROUPS
8. Ethnic Minority Groups: An Overview
Background Considerations Dynamics of Cross?Ethnic and Cross?Cultural Interviewing Interpreters Thinking Through the Issues Summary
9. Specific Minority Groups
Black Americans Hispanic Americans Native Americans Asian Americans Refugees Intervention Considerations Semistructured Interviews Recommendations for Interviewing Ethnic Minority Children and Their Families Thinking Through the Issues Summary
SECTION III. INTERVIEWING CHILDREN WITH PSYCHOLOGICAL DISORDERS AND CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FACING LIFE STRESSORS
10. Children with Psychological Disorders: An Overview
How Psychological Disorders Develop in Children Living with a Child with a Psychological Disorder Interviewing Issues Interventions Thinking Through the Issues Summary
11. Children with Behavioral or Emotional Disorders
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Conduct Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Disorder Depression Anxiety Disorders An Overview Separation Anxiety Disorder Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Dissociative Identity Disorder Thinking Through the Issues Summary
12. Children with Developmental, Learning, or Sensory Disorders
Autistic Disorder Mental Retardation Specific Learning Disability Visual Impairment Hearing Impairment Thinking Through the Issues Summary
13. Children and Families Facing Bereavement or the Threat of Suicide
Bereavement Suicide Thinking Through the Issues Summary
14. Children and Families Facing Adoption, Divorce, or Homelessness
Adoption Divorce and Custody Evaluations Homeless Families and Children Thinking Through the Issues Summary
SECTION IV. APPLYING PRINCIPLES AND TECHNIQUES OF INTERVIEWING TO THE PEDIATRIC FIELD
15. Children with Health-Related Disorders: An Overview
Children's Understanding of Their Medical Illnesses and the Disruptive Effects of Medical Illnesses on Development Coping with a Medical Illness Adherence Families of Medically Ill Children Healthy Children in a Family with a Medically Ill Member Thinking Through the Issues Summary
16. Children with Health-Related Disorders: Interviewing and Formulating Interventions
Interviewing Children with Medical Illnesses Interviewing Parents of Medically Ill Children Interviewing in Cases of Terminal Illness Evaluating the Interview The Post-Assessment Interview with Medically Ill Children and Their Parents Interventions with Medically Ill Children and Their Families Thinking Through the Issues Summary
17. Interviewing and Interventions for Specific Pediatric Health-Related Disorders, Part 1
Pain Asthma Diabetes Childhood Cancer HIV and AIDS Pediatric Headaches Failure to Thrive Thinking Through the Issues Summary
18. Interviewing and Interventions for Specific Pediatric Health-Related Disorders, Part 2
Sleep Disorders of Childhood Substance Abuse Eating Disorders Thinking Through the Issues Summary
19. Children with Brain Injuries
Background Considerations in Understanding Brain Functions Causes of Brain Injury Traumatic Brain Injury Specific Effects of Brain Injury Diagnostic Techniques for Brain-Injured Children Interviewing Brain-Injured Children Observing Brain-Injured Children Interviewing Parents of Brain-Injured Children Evaluating the Assessment Findings Rehabilitation Programs for Brain-Injured Children Concluding Comment on Interviewing Brain-Injured Children and Parents Thinking Through the Issues Summary
SECTION V. CHILD MALTREATMENT
20. Background Considerations in Child Maltreatment, Part 1
The Challenge of Child Maltreatment Interviewing The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Definition and Types of Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Child Maltreatment Child Maltreatment as a Social Problem Reasons Why People Maltreat Children The Offender In Cases of Child Physical Abuse and Neglect The Offender in Cases of Child Sexual Abuse The Offender in Cases of Child Emotional Abuse Statistics on Perpetrator Characteristics for All Types of Maltreatment Child Maltreatment in Facilities, Institutions, or Foster Homes Thinking Through the Issues Summary
21. Background Considerations in Child Maltreatment, Part 2
Process of Disclosure of Maltreatment Effects of Child Maltreatment Children's Memory, Lying, and Suggestibility Allegations of Child Maltreatment Comment on the Federal Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act Thinking Through the Issues Summary
22. Interviewing Considerations in Cases of Child Maltreatment
A Model for Interviewing in Cases of Child Maltreatment Preparing for the Initial Interview in Cases of Child Maltreatment Interviewing the Child in Cases of Child Maltreatment Interviewing the Family in Cases of Child Maltreatment Interviewing the Alleged or Known Offender in Cases of Child Maltreatment Concluding Comment on Interviewing Children, Families, and Alleged Offenders in Cases of Child Maltreatment Thinking Through the Issues Summary
23. Evaluation and Intervention in Cases of Child Maltreatment
Evaluating Allegations of Child Maltreatment Evaluating the Known Offender Evaluating Facilities, Institutions, or Foster Homes Risk Assessment Interventions Concluding Comment About Interviewing Children Who May Have Been Maltreated Thinking Through the Issues Summary
A: List of National Organizations for Families with Special Needs B: General Sources of Information for Families with Special Needs C: Miscellaneous Tables D: New York State Risk Assessment Profile E: Highlights of the Third National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (NIS-3) F: Semistructured Interviews
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