Interviewing Immigrant Children and Families for Suspected Child Maltreatment
Fontes, Lisa Aronson
Elmhurst, IL: American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC)
APSAC Advisor Spring 2009, 5 pages
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.