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Improving the quality of professionals’ contemporaneous notes taken during interviews about alleged child abuse

Powell, Martine B., Sharman, Stefanie J. and Cauchi, Rita T. 2011, Improving the quality of professionals’ contemporaneous notes taken during interviews about alleged child abuse, Policing, vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 317-327, doi: 10.1093/police/par049.

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Title Improving the quality of professionals’ contemporaneous notes taken during interviews about alleged child abuse
Author(s) Powell, Martine B.ORCID iD for Powell, Martine B. orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Sharman, Stefanie J.ORCID iD for Sharman, Stefanie J. orcid.org/0000-0002-0635-047X
Cauchi, Rita T.
Journal name Policing
Volume number 5
Issue number 4
Start page 317
End page 327
Total pages 11
Publisher Oxford University Press
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2011-12
ISSN 1363-951X
1758-695X
Summary The current study explored the effectiveness of note-taking instructions to increase the completeness and accuracy of professionals’ contemporaneous written notes of child abuse interviews. Police members had their base-line note-taking assessed before receiving brief instructions focusing on layout style, abbreviations, and question codes. Participants’ note-taking was reassessed immediately post-instruction and again at follow-up, 4 weeks later. Instructions increased the number of questions that participants recorded and the information that they recorded about question structure. These increases in question information did not occur at the expense of witness response information. Instructions encouraged participants to use more abbreviations and question codes and to use a clearer layout style to differentiate questions and responses. Instructing professionals in simple note-taking strategies immediately increased the completeness and accuracy of their notes. However, electronic recordings remain the most effective method of ensuring complete and accurate interview notes.
Notes Advance Access publication 27 October 2011
Language eng
DOI 10.1093/police/par049
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Oxford University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040143

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