Clearinghouse Resource

Title

Interviewing Immigrant Children and Families for Suspected Child Maltreatment

Authors/Editors

Fontes, Lisa Aronson

Publisher(s)

Elmhurst, IL: American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)

Source Information (Journal Title, Date, Length)

APSAC Advisor Spring 2009, 5 pages

Description of Resource

This article, by BRYCS’ consultant Lisa A. Fontes, discusses ways to improve interviewing immigrant youth and their family members for whom English is not a first language.  The article reviews culturally-important factors like the voice quality of the interviewer and interviewee, pace and time, and the interviewer’s demeanor.  The article also briefly reviews trauma symptoms in children that may not stem from caretaker abuse.

Languages

English

Availability

http://www.brycs.org/documents/upload/interviewing.pdf