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Techniques used by investigative interviewers to elicit disclosures of abuse from child witnesses : a critique

Hughes-Scholes, Carolyn H. and Powell, Martine B. 2013, Techniques used by investigative interviewers to elicit disclosures of abuse from child witnesses : a critique, Police practice and research, vol. 14, no. 1, pp. 45-52, doi: 10.1080/15614263.2012.680716.

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Title Techniques used by investigative interviewers to elicit disclosures of abuse from child witnesses : a critique
Author(s) Hughes-Scholes, Carolyn H.
Powell, Martine B.ORCID iD for Powell, Martine B. orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Journal name Police practice and research
Volume number 14
Issue number 1
Start page 45
End page 52
Total pages 8
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, England
Publication date 2013-02
ISSN 1561-4263
1477-271X
Keyword(s) investigative interviewing
child sexual abuse
interviewer training
police
witnesses
disclosures
Summary Eliciting disclosures of abuse from children is a challenging skill that requires considerable practice, feedback, training and instruction. While there is an abundance of literature outlining what constitutes best practice interviewing of children, there has been little discussion, in particular, of investigative interviewers’ limitations when applying best practice interview guidelines to elicit disclosures of abusive acts. This paper assists police by identifying common problems of child investigative interviewers when eliciting disclosures (N = 131) and provides alternate questioning strategies. The results support the need for further training to be developed to ensure better adherence to best practice guidelines in relation to all aspects of eliciting a disclosure from children.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/15614263.2012.680716
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
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050417

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Psychology
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