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NCJ Number: 69125 Find in a Library
Title: INTERVIEW - A CLINICAL VS AN INVESTIGATIVE TECHNIQUE
Author(s): A E KNOPF; B W RIEGEL
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America

National District Atorneys Assoc
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Sponsoring Agency: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
National District Atorneys Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
United States of America

Not Available Through National Institute of Justice/NCJRS Document Loan Program
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS CASSETTE TAPE CONTAINS A POLICE OFFICER'S DISCUSSION OF THE CLINICAL AND INVESTIGATIVE ASPECTS OF INTERVIEWS BETWEEN POLICE OFFICERS OR SOCIAL WORKERS AND YOUNG PEOPLE, AND A DISCUSSION OF CLINICAL INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUE.
Abstract: THE PRESENTATIONS WERE RECORDED AT THE FIFTH NATIONAL CONFERENCE ON JUVENILE JUSTICE AND EDITED FOR OPTIMAL LISTENING. THE CONFERENCE WAS SPONSORED BY THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF JUVENILE AND FAMILY COURT JUDGES AND THE NATIONAL DISTRICT ATTORNEY'S ASSOCIATION. PARTICIPANTS INCLUDED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS, CORRECTIONS OFFICIALS, EDUCATORS, RESEARCHERS, AND OTHERS. AN INTERVIEW'S GOALS ARE TO OBTAIN FACTS REGARDING AN ALLEGED SITUATION AND TO DISCOVER THE YOUNG PERSONS INVOLVEMENT IN IT. ANOTHER GOAL IS TO LEARN ABOUT THE YOUNG PERSON'S HOME SITUATION OR OTHER RELEVANT FACTORS. THIS INFORMATION HELPS THE POLICE OFFICER MAKE AN INTELLIGENT DECISION REGARDING FURTHER ACTION OR SERVICES REGARDING THE CHILD. POLICE MUST ALSO INTERVIEW YOUTHFUL VICTIMS AND CHILDREN IN QUESTIONABLE CIRCUMSTANCES. TO PREPARE FOR AN INTERVIEW, THE OFFICER SHOULD OBTAIN ALL RELEVANT FACTS. THE HOME IS USUALLY THE LEAST DESIRABLE SETTING FOR LEARNING THE TRUTH. THE SCHOOL IS RECOMMENDED IF POSSIBLE. YOUNG PEOPLE MUST BE ADVISED OF THEIR RIGHTS WHEN TAKEN INTO CUSTODY, BUT PARENTS NEED NOT ALWAYS BE NOTIFIED REGARDING INFORMAL CONTACTS. THE DECISION TO FINGERPRINT OR TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS SHOULD BE BASED ON THE INDIVIDUAL CASE'S CIRCUMSTANCES. THE MOST IMPORTANT INTERVIEWING TECHNIQUE IS LISTENING. ASKING LIMITED, NONJUDGMENTAL QUESTIONS IS ALSO IMPORTANT. TECHNIQUES WHICH PROMOTE CONSTRUCTIVE CLINICAL INTERVIEWS INCLUDE ALLOWING FLEXIBLE TIME AND TIMING, PROVIDING A QUIET ENVIRONMENT, AND PROVIDING A NONTHREATENING SEATING ARRANGEMENT. INTERVIEW STYLE SHOULD BE GEARED TO EACH CLIENT'S NEEDS. OTHER RECOMMENDED TECHNIQUES ARE MINIMIZATION OF NOTETAKING DURING THE INTERVIEW, USE OF INFORMAL QUESTIONS, USE OF OPENENDED QUESTIONS, AND CONSTRUCTIVE USE OF SILENCE. FOR RELATED CASSETTE TAPES, SEE NCJ 69126-30 AND 72652.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Interview and interrogation; Juvenile status offenders; Juveniles; Police-offender relations; Police-victim interaction; Social workers; Youthful offenders
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. THIS PROGRAM IS ONE SIDE OF THE CASSETTE. FOR THE PROGRAM ON THE OTHER SIDE, SEE NCJ-69126. RUNNING TIME IS 27 MINUTES.
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