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NCJ Number: 230088 Find in a Library
Title: Measuring Reading Complexity and Listening Comprehension of Canadian Police Cautions
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:37  Issue:4  Dated:April 2010  Pages:453-471
Author(s): Joseph Eastwood; Brent Snook; Sarah J. Chaulk
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Ottawa, ON K1P 6G4, Canada
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The reading complexity and listening comprehension of Canadian police cautions were measured.
Abstract: In study 1, the complexity of 44 unique Canadian police cautions was assessed using five readability measures (Flesch-Kincaid reading level, sentence complexity, use of difficult words, use of infrequent words, and number of words). Results showed that 7 (37 percent) of the right-to-silence cautions (n = 19) and none of the right-to-legal-counsel cautions (n = 25) reached acceptable cutoff levels for all five measures. In study 2, university students ( N = 121) were presented with one of three cautions verbally and were asked to explain its meaning. Despite variations in complexity across the three cautions, participants understood approximately one third of the information contained in the cautions. The extent to which the needs of Canadian suspects and police organizations are being met and the validity of reading complexity as a predictor of listening comprehension are discussed. Tables, figure, notes, appendix, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Police reports
Index Term(s): Foreign criminal justice research; Foreign police; Foreign police training; Police report writing training; Police warning; Report writing
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