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The makings of a reliable interview with a child witness

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posted on 01.01.2001, 00:00 authored by Martine Powell, Don ThomsonDon Thomson
This paper briefly describes four essential elements of interviews involving children, where the primary goal is to obtain detailed and accurate information about an event (e.g., an alleged incident of sexual abuse). These elements include (a) the establishment of a good rapport with the child, (b) a clear description of the purpose and ground-rules of the interview, (c) objectivity and open-mindness, and (d) effective questioning skills. A rationale for the importance of each of these elements and practical recommendations are offered.

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Journal

Australian educational and developmental psychologist

Volume

18

Issue

2

Pagination

25 - 38

Publisher

Australian Psychological Society

Location

Parkville, Vic.

ISSN

0816-5122

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2001, Australian Psychological Society

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