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How do interviewers and children discuss individual occurrences of alleged repeated abuse in forensic interviews?

Brubacher, Sonja P., Malloy, Lindsay C., Lamb, Michael E. and Roberts, Kim P. 2013, How do interviewers and children discuss individual occurrences of alleged repeated abuse in forensic interviews?, Applied cognitive psychology, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 443-450, doi: 10.1002/acp.2920.

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Title How do interviewers and children discuss individual occurrences of alleged repeated abuse in forensic interviews?
Author(s) Brubacher, Sonja P.
Malloy, Lindsay C.
Lamb, Michael E.
Roberts, Kim P.
Journal name Applied cognitive psychology
Volume number 27
Issue number 4
Start page 443
End page 450
Total pages 8
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2013-07
ISSN 0888-4080
1099-0720
Summary Police interviews (n=97) with 5- to 13-year-olds alleging multiple incidents of sexual abuse were examined to determine how interviewers elicited and children recounted specific instances of abuse. Coders assessed the labels for individual occurrences that arose in interviews, recording who generated them, how they were used and other devices to aid particularisation such as the use of episodic and generic language. Interviewers used significantly more temporal labels than did children. With age, children were more likely to generate labels themselves, and most children generated at least one label. In 66% of the cases, interviewers ignored or replaced children's labels, and when they did so, children reported proportionately fewer episodic details. Children were highly responsive to the interviewers' language style. Results indicate that appropriately trained interviewers can help children of all ages to provide the specific details often necessary to ensure successful prosecution.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/acp.2920
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
1505 Marketing
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2013, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30072566

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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