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Police interviews with suspected child sex offenders: does use of empathy and question type influence the amount of investigation relevant information obtained?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Gavin Oxburgh


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Using transcripts of 26 real-life interviews with suspected child sex offenders from England, this study examined the use of empathy and the impact of question type on the amount of investigation relevant information (IRI) obtained. There were no significant differences in the amount of IRI obtained in the interviews as a function of the use of empathy by police officers. The mean proportion of inappropriate questions was significantly higher than the mean proportion of appropriate questions and, as hypothesized, the responses to appropriate questions contained significantly more items of IRI than responses to inappropriate questions.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Oxburgh GE, Ost J, Cherryman J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Psychology, Crime and Law

Year: 2012

Volume: 18

Issue: 3-4

Pages: 259-273

Print publication date: 12/08/2010

ISSN (print): 1068-316X

ISSN (electronic): 1477-2744

Publisher: Routledge


DOI: 10.1080/1068316X.2010.481624


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