Chart 2

Interview Data Gathered from the Offender

1. Past history of physical abuse, neglect, etc. Potential for deficits in nurturing skills, potential lack of empathy with victim
2. Past history of sexual abuse Propensity to become a sexual abuser
3. Current living situation Safety of the alleged victim, other potential victims
4. Education and employment history Index of overall function, including impulse control problems (frequent job changes) and access to potential victims
5. Parenting Ability to provide adequate care (sexual abuse aside), appropriate vs. inappropriate investment in the children, distortions in views of children
6. Discipline Possible physically or emotionally abusive behavior, impulsive reactions, unrealistic expectations of children, blaming alleged victim for allegations
7. Partner relationship Possible patterns regarding choices of exploitive, abusive, and dominant or dependent partners; ability to see child's needs as more important than partner's or her need for a partner
8. Sexual history Possible pattern of being sexually exploited, promiscuous or dysfunctional; reports of sexual behavior by the alleged abuser that might assist in understanding dynamics of sexual abuse
9. Substance abuse Obstacle to parenting, index of overall functioning, possible index of ability to function independent of the alleged offender
10. Mental illness Index of overall function, index of ability to protect the child, possible problems in reality testing related to abuse allegation and other matters
11. Mental retardation Index of overall functioning and ability to parent, to be independent of the offender, and to protect child
12. Criminal history Index of overall functioning
13. Sexual abuse Beliefs about allegations, blame for sex abuse