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Incest Accusation: Assessing Credibility

NCJ Number
Journal of Psychiatry and Law Volume: 11 Issue: 3 Dated: (Fall 1983) Pages: 305-317
E H Weiss
Date Published
13 pages
This article explores methods of interviewing and techniques of assessing child incest victims' credibility through detailed clinical case studies and data collected from direct observation and inquiry of the children themselves.
The methodology is designed to elicit emotions connected to the alleged assault, which form an integral part of the credibility criteria used by the author. Comparison between the child's direct statements about being sexually abused and the level of cognitive and psychosocial development attained by the child forms another critical factor in differentiating fact from fantasy of children. (Publisher abstract)