Streamlining the narrative elaboration technique: helping young children become better eyewitnesses

Canning, Heather S. (2014) Streamlining the narrative elaboration technique: helping young children become better eyewitnesses. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

[img] [English] PDF - Accepted Version
Available under License - The author retains copyright ownership and moral rights in this thesis. Neither the thesis nor substantial extracts from it may be printed or otherwise reproduced without the author's permission.

Download (3MB)


The Narrative Elaboration Technique (NET) is a forensic interview technique that has been shown to increase the amount of information provided by children in open-ended recall. Efforts have been made to streamline the technique for use in real-world settings. The present study examined the effectiveness of two streamlined NET interviews with three to seven year old children. It is the first study to completely omit the NET training session, without substituting a rapport building session, and to test the effectiveness of NET verbal prompts with children younger than six years old. Although NET was not found to be effective at increasing open-ended recall with the younger children in the sample, the streamlined NET interview with verbal prompts proved to be as effective as the full NET interview with five to seven year old children. These verbal prompts could be readily incorporated into forensic interviews.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 8135
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 44-48).
Keywords: Narrative Elaboration Technique, young children, event recall, verbal prompting, interviewing
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Psychology
Science, Faculty of > Psychology
Date: August 2014
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Eyewitness identification; Forensic child psychology; Child witnesses--Interviews; Interviewing in law enforcement--Technique

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over the past year

View more statistics