Investigative interviewing of suspected sex offenders : a review of what constitutes best practice

Read, Julianne M., Powell, Martine B., Kebbell, Mark R. and Milne, Rebecca 2009, Investigative interviewing of suspected sex offenders : a review of what constitutes best practice, International journal of police science & management, vol. 11, no. 4, Winter, pp. 442-459.

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Title Investigative interviewing of suspected sex offenders : a review of what constitutes best practice
Author(s) Read, Julianne M.
Powell, Martine B.ORCID iD for Powell, Martine B.
Kebbell, Mark R.
Milne, Rebecca
Journal name International journal of police science & management
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Season Winter
Start page 442
End page 459
Total pages 18
Publisher Vathek Publishing
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1461-3557
Keyword(s) investigative interviewing
police training
sexual offences
suspect interviewing
Summary Research on the topic of investigative interviewing of suspected sex offenders is still in its infancy, with the majority of work to date focusing on developing theories underlying confessions, and reflecting on the value of specific interview techniques that have been observed in the field. This paper provides a synthesis of the literature in order to produce a preliminary guide to best practice for the interviewing of this particular interviewee group. Specifically, this review is structured around five elements that should be considered when planning for and administering the interview. These elements include: (a) establishing rapport, (b) introducing the topic of concern, (c) eliciting narrative detail, (d) clarification/specific questions and (e) closure. The unique contribution of this paper is its practical focus, and its synthesis of findings across a variety of streams, including the general eyewitness memory literature, legislation and case law, therapeutic literature, and research specifically related to the interviewing of offenders (including confessions). At the conclusion of the review, recommendations are offered for further research.
Language eng
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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