Investigatory independence in child sexual abuse evaluations: conceptual considerations

Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1988;16(3):269-78.


The procedures used by investigators of sexual abuse allegations have recently come under increasing scrutiny. In this article the importance of investigatory independence is discussed. Conceptual aspects of problematic interviewing techniques that may compromise the investigation of sexual abuse complaints are reviewed. Recommendations are made for the analysis of evaluations relative to the degree of contamination that has been introduced into these assessments.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic / methods
  • United States