Contrasting the perceptions of child testimony experts, prosecutors and police officers regarding individual child abuse interviews

Powell, Martine B, Wright, Rebecca and Hughes-Scholes, Carolyn H 2011, Contrasting the perceptions of child testimony experts, prosecutors and police officers regarding individual child abuse interviews, Psychiatry, psychology and law, vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 33-43, doi: 10.1080/13218710903566995.

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Title Contrasting the perceptions of child testimony experts, prosecutors and police officers regarding individual child abuse interviews
Author(s) Powell, Martine BORCID iD for Powell, Martine B orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Wright, Rebecca
Hughes-Scholes, Carolyn H
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology and law
Volume number 18
Issue number 1
Start page 33
End page 43
Total pages 11
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2011-02
ISSN 1321-8719
1934-1687
Keyword(s) child abuse
investigative interviewing
police interviewing
Summary The aim of this study was to compare and contrast the perceptions of various stakeholders regarding a series of interviews about child abuse. Eight focus groups were conducted, each involving a police officer (child abuse investigator), a prosecutor who specializes in child abuse and a child testimony expert. The aim of the focus groups was to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the specific interviews, which were conducted by the police officer in each focus group. Thematic analysis showed that the prosecutors and child testimony experts were relatively consistent in their perceptions about the need for more free narrative from child witnesses, and to ensure that police officers demonstrate open-mindedness when interviewing children. Differences in priorities and assumptions about the value of various interview techniques, however, were found among the stakeholders. These differences and their practical implications are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13218710903566995
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, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041532

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