Investigative Interviewing of Aboriginal children in cases of suspected sexual abuse

Hamilton, Gemma, Brubacher, Sonja P. and Powell, Martine B. 2016, Investigative Interviewing of Aboriginal children in cases of suspected sexual abuse, Journal of child sexual abuse, vol. 25, no. 4, pp. 363-381, doi: 10.1080/10538712.2016.1158762.

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Title Investigative Interviewing of Aboriginal children in cases of suspected sexual abuse
Author(s) Hamilton, Gemma
Brubacher, Sonja P.
Powell, Martine B.ORCID iD for Powell, Martine B.
Journal name Journal of child sexual abuse
Volume number 25
Issue number 4
Start page 363
End page 381
Total pages 19
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2016-05
ISSN 1547-0679
Keyword(s) child
field study
ground rules
practice narratives
Social Sciences
Psychology, Clinical
Family Studies
Summary This study examined the investigative interviewing of Australian Aboriginal children in cases of alleged sexual abuse, with a focus on three commonly included components of interview protocols: ground rules, practice narrative, and substantive phase. Analysis of 70 field transcripts revealed that the overall delivery and practice of ground rules at the beginning of the interview was positively associated with the spontaneous usage of rules in children's narratives of abuse. When specifically examining the "don't know" rule, however, only practice had an effect of children's usage of the rule (as opposed to simple delivery or no delivery at all). Children spoke more words overall, and interviewers used more open-ended prompts during the substantive phase when the interviews contained a practice narrative. Children most often disclosed sexual abuse in response to an open-ended prompt; however, they produced the most words in response to suggestive prompts. This article concludes with a discussion of the effectiveness of ground rules, practice narratives, and questioning with Aboriginal children.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10538712.2016.1158762
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
1117 Public Health And Health Services
1607 Social Work
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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