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Children's perceptions of the role of police: a qualitative study

Powell, Martine B., Skouteris, Helen and Murfett, Romana 2008, Children's perceptions of the role of police: a qualitative study, International journal of police science & management, vol. 10, no. 4, Winter, pp. 464-473.

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Title Children's perceptions of the role of police: a qualitative study
Author(s) Powell, Martine B.
Skouteris, Helen
Murfett, Romana
Journal name International journal of police science & management
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Season Winter
Start page 464
End page 473
Total pages 10
Publisher Vathek Publishing
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2008
ISSN 1461-3557
1478-1603
Keyword(s) children's perceptions of police
forensic interviews
interviewing children
Summary A qualitative methodology, using open-ended questions, was employed to explore the perceptions of 112 children regarding the role of police. The children, aged 5 to 6 and 7 to 8 years, were asked to comment on what police officers do when they go to work, what direct and indirect experiences they have had with the police, and the positive and negative aspects of being a police officer. The findings revealed that children emphasise the punitive role of police; very few children identified with non-punitive roles. This punitive theme was evident irrespective of the children's experiences, age, and whether they could recall television shows involving police. The practical implications of our findings for police relations with children, particularly in a forensic interview context, are discussed.
Notes Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017592

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