An analysis of child interviewing practices: a field study of one Canadian police organization

Luther, Kirk Gregory (2013) An analysis of child interviewing practices: a field study of one Canadian police organization. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Child witness and victim interviewing practices were examined in a sample of interviews (N = 45) from Canadian police officers. Specifically, the interviews were coded for introductory behaviours (e.g., building rapport), inappropriate interview behaviours (e.g., interruptions), the type of questions asked, the type of response given by the child, the length of the child's response, the number of unique central and peripheral details given by the child, and the proportion of words spoken by the interviewer(s) and child. The lengths of the complete interview and the substantive phase of the interview were also recorded. Results showed that, on average, approximately 8% of all questions asked were open-ended invitations. Open-ended invitations resulted in the longest interviewee response, along with the greatest number of central details. The implications of these findings for reforming child interview practices and the need for training and feedback systems are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 10931
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (leaves 62-79).
Keywords: investigative interviewing, interrogation, best practices, child interviewing, training, feedback
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
Date: 2013
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Interviewing in child abuse; Police questioning--Technique; Child witnesses--Interviews; Abused children--Interviews; Child abuse--Investigation.

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