24 Child Sexual Abuse Evaluations

Forensic Psychology


  1. Kathryn Kuehnle PhD1,
  2. Mary Connell EdD, ABPP2

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop211024

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Kuehnle, K. and Connell, M. 2012. Child Sexual Abuse Evaluations. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 11:IV:24.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of South Florida, Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, Tampa, Florida, USA

  2. 2

    Private Practice, Fort Worth, Texas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012


Research illuminates the controversy about how children remember and report traumatic and nontraumatic experiences, and facilitation of accurate recall of experiences such as sexual abuse. This chapter discusses the science regarding children's memory; children's vulnerability to factors such as suggestions that alter the accuracy of their memories; the meaning of children's behaviors when behavior base rates are considered; and the structure and recording of interviews that produce the most accurate information. Mental health professionals must be cognizant of this science when conducting assessments of allegations of child sexual abuse.


  • child sexual abuse;
  • child interviews;
  • child sexual abuse evaluations;
  • children's memory;
  • children's suggestibility;
  • forensic assessment;
  • forensic evaluation