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NCJ Number: 135011 Find in a Library
Title: New Approach to Interviewing Children: A Test of Its Effectiveness
Author(s): R E Geiselman; G Bornstein; K J Saywitz
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
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Document: PDF
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study evaluated the effect of a practice interview about a staged incident on children's recall performance during a subsequent cognitive interview about an event under investigation.
Abstract: Thirty-four third-graders between the ages of 8 and 9 and 58 sixth-graders between the ages of 11 and 12 witnessed two staged events and were interviewed about each. Advanced undergraduate psychology majors conducted practice interviews for a staged event similar to one that would be staged for practice-interview purposes under real-life conditions. Sheriffs deputies interviewed the children ("target interviews") about another staged event which was the study's stand-in for an incident under actual investigation. The cognitive interview is a 3-phase procedure. The first phase focuses on the development of rapport between interviewer and child and on setting the ground rules for subsequent questions. Phase two involves the use of techniques designed to elicit from the child as complete a narrative account or report of the alleged crime as possible. The methods used in phase three encourage the child to clarify and expand upon what was reported in the narrative account. The study found that with or without a practice cognitive interview, cognitive interviewing significantly improved children's recall performance, particularly for the sixth-graders. 2 notes, 11 references, and 1 exhibit
Main Term(s): Police interview/interrogation of juvenile
Index Term(s): Children in the courtroom; Competency to testify; Juvenile witnesses
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