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Evaluation of the usefulness of 'Marvin'; a computerized assessment tool for investigative interviewers of children

Powell, Martine B., Wilson, J. Clare and Hasty, Melissa K. 2002, Evaluation of the usefulness of 'Marvin'; a computerized assessment tool for investigative interviewers of children, Computers in human behavior, vol. 18, no. 5, pp. 577-592, doi: 10.1016/S0747-5632(02)00003-1.

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Title Evaluation of the usefulness of 'Marvin'; a computerized assessment tool for investigative interviewers of children
Author(s) Powell, Martine B.ORCID iD for Powell, Martine B. orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Wilson, J. Clare
Hasty, Melissa K.
Journal name Computers in human behavior
Volume number 18
Issue number 5
Start page 577
End page 592
Publisher Pergamon
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2002-09
ISSN 0747-5632
1873-7692
Keyword(s) computerized assessment
child witness testimony/memory
investigative interviewing
Summary This study examined the usefulness of a computerized developmental assessment tool, designed to provide investigative interviewers with knowledge about children's understanding of spatial, temporal, numerical, and color terms that may be relevant to the forensic setting. Specifically, the effect of the computer program (compared to a standard verbal and no assessment) was examined on 4- to 5-year-old children's recall of an independent event and their enjoyment of the interview process. In addition, children's performance on the computerized and verbal developmental assessment was compared with their performance when recalling the independent event. Overall, the children rated the assessment conducted on computer more favorably than the verbal assessment. Further, the verbal assessment elicited responses that were more consistent with their responses about the event than the computerized assessment. However, there was no difference in the accuracy and detail of children's responses about the independent event, irrespective of whether the children received the computerized or verbal assessment, or no assessment. Directions for future research are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0747-5632(02)00003-1
Field of Research 170103 Educational Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Elsevier Science Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001602

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Psychology
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