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What`s the story? An exploration of narrative language abilities in male juvenile offenders

Snow, Pamela and Powell, Martine 2005, What`s the story? An exploration of narrative language abilities in male juvenile offenders, Psychology, crime and law, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 239-253.

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Title What`s the story? An exploration of narrative language abilities in male juvenile offenders
Author(s) Snow, Pamela
Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Journal name Psychology, crime and law
Volume number 11
Issue number 3
Start page 239
End page 253
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2005-09
ISSN 1068-316X
Keyword(s) language
narratives
interviewing
juvenile offenders
Summary This paper is concerned with the narrative language (story telling) abilities of a group of juvenile offenders completing community-based court orders in Melbourne, Australia. A convenience sample of 30 male young offenders was compared with 50 male non-offenders attending government high schools in the same region of Melbourne. Participants provided an audiotaped description of a six-frame cartoon (the “Flowerpot Incident”). Samples were transcribed and subjected to story grammar analysis, to examine differences between groups regarding both structural and qualitative adequacy. Young offenders produced narratives which were significantly poorer than those of controls with respect to the presence and adequacy of the seven story grammar elements described by Stein and Glenn (In R. O. Freedle (Ed.), New Directions in Discourse Processing (pp. 53-120) 1979). Findings are discussed in relation to implications for investigative and evidentiary interviewing.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30008830

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