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Title: Do we need to rethink guidance on repeated interviews?
Authors: La Rooy, David J.
Katz, Carmit
Malloy, Lindsay C.
Lamb, Michael E.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social and Health Sciences
Keywords: Repeated interviews
Child sexual abuse
Forensic interviews
Scottish Executive
Home Office
Issue Date: Nov-2010
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: This is the author's final version of this article. Published version (c)American Psychological Association, available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0019909. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
Citation: La Rooy, D., et al. 2010. Do we need to rethink guidance on repeated interviews? Psychology, Public Policy and Law. 16(4): pp.373-392. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0019909
Abstract: Within the legal system, children are frequently interviewed about their experiences more than once, with different information elicited in different interviews. The presumed positive and negative effects of multiple interviewing have generated debate and controversy within the legal system and among researchers. Some commentators emphasise that repeated interviews foster inaccurate recall and are inherently suggestive, whereas others emphasise the benefits of allowing witnesses more than one opportunity to recall information. In this article we briefly review the literature on repeated interviewing before presenting a series of cases highlighting what happens when children are interviewed more than once for various reasons. We conclude that, when interviewers follow internationally recognised best-practice guidelines emphasising open-questions and free memory recall, alleged victims of abuse should be interviewed more than once to ensure that more complete accounts are obtained. Implications for current legal guidelines concerning repeated interviewing are discussed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/434
ISSN: 1076-8971
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