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dc.contributor.authorGuadagno, Belinda L
dc.contributor.authorHughes-Scholes, Carolyn H
dc.contributor.authorPowell, Martine B
dc.description.abstractRecent research has established that investigative interviewers have difficulty adhering to open-ended questions and instead ask specific questions when interviewing children about abuse. The current study aims to examine the themes in abuse-related interviews that trigger investigators to ask specific questions. Twenty police officers who were authorised to conduct investigative interviews with children completed a mock interview with an expert in child abuse interviewing who had been trained to play the role of an abused child. During the interview, the officers were stopped by a researcher and asked to reflect on why they had asked specific questions. Overall, the results revealed five areas where the officers deviated from open-ended questions. These related to: (1) the identity of the alleged offender; (2) the meaning of terms used by the child to describe genitals; (3) whether or not penetration occurred; (4) the offender's intent and motives; and (5) the timing of the abuse and where it occurred. Each of these themes is discussed, along with the implications for trainers and researchers in child abuse interviewing.en_US
dc.publisherSAGE Publicationsen_US
dc.relation.ispartofjournalInternational Journal of Police Science & Managementen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPolicy and Administrationen_US
dc.titleWhat Themes Trigger Investigative Interviewers to Ask Specific Questions When Interviewing Children?en_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationGuadagno, BL; Hughes-Scholes, CH; Powell, MB, What Themes Trigger Investigative Interviewers to Ask Specific Questions When Interviewing Children?, International Journal of Police Science & Management, 2013, 15 (1), pp. 51-60en_US
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