Investigação de suspeita de abuso sexual infantojuvenil: o protocolo NICHD

Translated title of the contribution: Investigation of suspected child sexual abuse: the NICHD protocol

Lúcia Cavalcanti de Albuquerque Williams*, Chayene Hackbarth, Carlos Aznar Blefari, Maria da Graça Saldanha Padilha, Carlos Eduardo Peixoto

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This article consists of a systematic literature review on best practices regarding investigative interviews of child sexual violence, with emphasis on the NICHD Protocol (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development), recognized by the international specialized literature as the most appropriate structured interview for victimized children. The method consisted in checking the electronic databases Bireme, INDEXPSI, SciELO, PePSIC, PubMed, Web of Science and PsycINFO, using the keywords NICHD and sexual abuse for papers published from 2000 to 2013. Books pertaining to University libraries in Brazil were also consulted. In the database, 73 articles were found, 47 were excluded as they related to other themes other than sexual violence or were repeated, resulting in 26 studies. Four Brazilian books, four North-American ones, and one M.A. thesis were consulted in the University libraries, resulting in a total of 35 publications. The protocol is presented as a structured instrument, which gathers superior information in comparison to interviews with fewer open-ended questions. As a result, more accurate answers are produced, with more detailed and richer accounts providing a higher frequency of disclosures.
Translated title of the contributionInvestigation of suspected child sexual abuse: the NICHD protocol
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)415-432
Number of pages18
JournalTemas em Psicologia
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Child sexual abuse
  • Children testimony
  • NICHD protocol


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