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'Marvin the Mouse'; can he assist police to elicit evidence from young children?

Powell, Martine and Wilson, Clare 2004, 'Marvin the Mouse'; can he assist police to elicit evidence from young children?, Police practice and research, vol. 5, no. 3, pp. 205-222, doi: 10.1080/156142604200227567.

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Title 'Marvin the Mouse'; can he assist police to elicit evidence from young children?
Author(s) Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Wilson, Clare
Journal name Police practice and research
Volume number 5
Issue number 3
Start page 205
End page 222
Publisher Harwood Academic Publishers
Place of publication [Amsterdam, Netherlands]
Publication date 2004-07
ISSN 1561-4263
1477-271X
Keyword(s) police
investigative interviewing
child eyewitness memory
Summary This study investigated the usefulness of a computer program designed to assess young children's understanding of words that may be relevant to an investigative interview about assault. Forty-one police officers conducted two interviews with five- to six-year-old children (one was conducted with the program and one without). The program's effectiveness was based on the interviewers' ratings of the usefulness of the program as well as three independent indices of interviewer-child rapport. Overall, the police officers perceived the program to be an extremely useful pre-interview assessment. However, the program had little impact on the officers' style of questioning and the nature of the children's responses. The implications of these findings are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/156142604200227567
Field of Research 170103 Educational Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2004, Taylor & Francis Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30013055

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