The makings of a reliable interview with a child witness

Powell, Martine and Thomson, Donald M. 2001, The makings of a reliable interview with a child witness, Australian educational and developmental psychologist, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 25-38.

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Title The makings of a reliable interview with a child witness
Author(s) Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine
Thomson, Donald M.
Journal name Australian educational and developmental psychologist
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 25
End page 38
Publisher Australian Psychological Society
Place of publication Parkville, Vic.
Publication date 2001
ISSN 0816-5122
Keyword(s) child witness
open mindedness
questioning skills
Summary This paper briefly describes four essential elements of interviews involving children, where the primary goal is to obtain detailed and accurate information about an event (e.g., an alleged incident of sexual abuse). These elements include (a) the establishment of a good rapport with the child, (b) a clear description of the purpose and ground-rules of the interview, (c) objectivity and open-mindness, and (d) effective questioning skills. A rationale for the importance of each of these elements and practical recommendations are offered.
Language eng
Field of Research 170103 Educational Psychology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2001, Australian Psychological Society
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