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Investigative Interviews with Victims of Child Sexual Abuse: The Relationship between Question Type and Investigation Relevant Information

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Gavin Oxburgh


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This study examined the influence of question type during investigative interviews with victims of child sexual abuse and the number of items of Investigation Relevant Information (IRI) obtained during the interview. Twenty-one real-life police interview transcripts were analysed across different age groups. As predicted, considerably more items of IRI were elicited from appropriate questions (e.g. open, probing, and encouragers) than inappropriate questions (e.g. echo probes, closed, forced choice, leading, multiple and opinion/statement). Also as predicted, the number of items of IRI elicited increased with the age of the child witness, with older children disclosing the most items of IRI, regardless of whether the abuse was recent or historic.

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Author(s): Phillips E, Oxburgh GE, Gavin A, Myklebust T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology

Year: 2012

Volume: 27

Issue: 1

Pages: 45-54

Print publication date: 01/04/2012

ISSN (print): 0882-0783

ISSN (electronic): 1936-6469

Publisher: Springer US


DOI: 10.1007/s11896-011-9093-z


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