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Title: The quality of details when children and youths with intellectual disabilities are interviewed about their abuse experiences
Authors: Cederborg, Ann-Christin
Hultman, Elin
La Rooy, David J.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: Children
Intellectual disabilities
Quality of details
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, 2012. Published version © Taylor & Francis, available from www.tandfonline.com
Citation: Cederborg, A.-C., Hultman, E. and La Rooy, D. 2012. The quality of details when children and youths with intellectual disabilities are interviewed about their abuse experiences. Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research. 14(2): pp.113-125. Available from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15017419.2010.541615
Abstract: The question for this study was to further understand how children and youths with intellectual disabilities (IDs) provide central and peripheral details when interviewed about their abuse experiences. Through a quantitative method we examined police officers' first formal investigative interviews with 32 children and youths with IDs. We analyzed the details they reported about abuse in relation to types of questions asked. The findings showed that few open-ended invitations were used and that a large number of option-posing questions were asked. The children and youths tended to agree with option-posing and suggestive statements but were nonetheless able to report important information about their abuse experiences without the ‘help’ from these potentially contaminating questions. The results of this study are limited because of the selective nature of the sample and that we did not have access to complete information about the participants specific diagnosis. Although it shows that police officers need to provide children and youths with IDs greater opportunities to report details using open-ended invitations. If they do not develop their responses when asked open-ended invitations they may be asked open directive questions to facilitate the elicitation of both central and peripheral information.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/1212
ISSN: 1501-7419
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