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NCJ Number: 222579 Find in a Library
Title: Behavioural Analysis Interview: Clarifying the Practice, Theory and Understanding of Its Use and Effectiveness
Journal: International Journal of Police Science and Management  Volume:10  Issue:1  Dated:Spring 2008  Pages:101-118
Author(s): Frank Horvath; J. P. Blair; Joseph P. Buckley
Date Published: 2008
Page Count: 18
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper presents a brief overview of the Behavioral Analysis Interview (BAI), a discussion of the strengths and limitations of the current body of BAI research, and suggestions on how to improve research on the BAI in the future.
Abstract: The Behavioral Analysis Interview (BAI) is the only questioning method that has been developed specifically to help investigators sort those who are likely to be guilty from those who are not. In its typical application the BAI is a preinterrogation interview that is used to focus interrogational effort. However, it can be used independently in order to circumscribe investigative efforts in those cases in which there are a fixed and relatively large number of suspects. The BAI is typically conducted in a private setting with the interviewer sitting directly in front of the suspect. This paper is intended to present an overview of the BAI and the research which supports it so that practitioners and researchers will not be misled by findings that have little, if any, ecological validity. What is identified is a clear need for additional evaluations of the BAI, both field- and laboratory-based with well-designed laboratory studies providing useful information. Additional suggestions are provided to guide future research on the BAI. References
Main Term(s): Investigative techniques
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Behavior typologies; Behavioral science research; Interrogation procedures; Interview and interrogation; Research and development
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