Expressions of shame in investigative interviews with Australian Aboriginal children

Hamilton, Gemma, Brubacher, Sonja P. and Powell, Martine B. 2016, Expressions of shame in investigative interviews with Australian Aboriginal children, Child abuse and neglect, vol. 51, pp. 64-71, doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.11.004.

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Title Expressions of shame in investigative interviews with Australian Aboriginal children
Author(s) Hamilton, Gemma
Brubacher, Sonja P.
Powell, Martine B.ORCID iD for Powell, Martine B.
Journal name Child abuse and neglect
Volume number 51
Start page 64
End page 71
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-01
ISSN 0145-2134
Summary This study inspected a sample of 70 interview transcripts with Australian Aboriginal children to gain a sense of how frequently verbal shame responses were occurring in investigative interviews regarding alleged sexual abuse. Transcripts were examined to determine how children articulated shame, how interviewers reacted to these responses, and how shame related to children's accounts. Examination of frequencies revealed that verbal shame responses occurred in just over one-quarter of the interviews. One-way analyses of variance indicated that children who expressed shame within the interview spoke the same amount as children who did not express shame, however, they required more interviewer prompts before a disclosure was made. Interviews where children expressed shame also included a greater number of interviewer reminders compared to interviews without shame responses. Results emphasize the importance of interviewer awareness of shame, and also point to the value of reassurance, patience, and persistence with non-leading narrative prompting when interviewing children who express shame during discussions of sexual abuse.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.11.004
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Field of Research 1701 Psychology
1607 Social Work
160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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