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What criteria do police officers use to measure the success of an interview with a child?

Wright, R., Powell, Martine and Ridge, D. 2007, What criteria do police officers use to measure the success of an interview with a child?, Psychology, crime and law, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 395-404, doi: 10.1080/10683160601060754.

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Title What criteria do police officers use to measure the success of an interview with a child?
Author(s) Wright, R.
Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Ridge, D.
Journal name Psychology, crime and law
Volume number 13
Issue number 4
Start page 395
End page 404
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-06
ISSN 1068-316X
Keyword(s) forensic interviewing
investigative interviewing
police interviewing
child witness
Summary This study used a mixed-methods approach to explore the perceptions of a heterogeneous sample of 75 police interviewers regarding their performance in a mock interview with a 5-7-year-old child. Each officer recruited for this study was authorised to conduct investigative interviews with children. Specifically, we explored how the officers' perception of what makes a good interview differs depending on their background experience and their (perceived and actual) ability to adhere to best-practice interview guidelines. Overall, the officers' perceptions of what constitutes an effective interview were not entirely consistent with those held by experts in forensic interviewing. The majority of the interviewers perceived that the locus of control in the interview rested primarily with the child and/or the environmental setting. In contrast, experts tend to place the central onus of responsibility for the outcome of an interview on the skill of the interviewer in using open-ended questions. Several possible explanations for, and the implications of, these findings are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10683160601060754
Field of Research 170103 Educational Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007275

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