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A Comparison of Responses to Substantive Transition Prompts in Interviews With Children

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posted on 2024-06-03, 21:27 authored by B Earhart, Meaghan DanbyMeaghan Danby, SP Brubacher, MB Powell, Stefanie SharmanStefanie Sharman
This study examined children’s responses to two alternate prompts used to transition to the substantive phase of an interview. Children ( N = 401) experienced four scripted events and were later interviewed. After rapport building, half of the children were asked, “Tell me what you’re here to talk to me about today,” whereas the other half were asked, “Tell me why you’re here to talk to me today.” Children’s responses were coded as informative (e.g., nouns) or uninformative (e.g., “don’t know”). The what prompt elicited more informative responses than the why prompt, and 7- to 9-year-olds were more informative than 5- to 6-year-olds regardless of the type of prompt they received. Given that the what prompt elicited more informative responses, the present study provides initial support for this phrasing when forensic interviewers transition to the substantive phase.

History

Journal

Child Maltreatment

Volume

23

Pagination

221-225

Location

United States

ISSN

1077-5595

eISSN

1552-6119

Language

English

Notes

In Press

Publication classification

C Journal article, C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, The Authors

Issue

3

Publisher

SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC