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dc.contributor.authorCyr, Mireille
dc.contributor.authorDion, Jacinthe
dc.contributor.authorPowell, Martine
dc.contributor.editorSt-Yves, Michel
dc.description.abstractInvestigative interviewing of children who may have been victims of abuse or witnesses to crimes is exceptionally challenging. Most children do not fully comprehend what is expected of them during such interviews, and it is very difficult to explain the goals of the interview in a non-leading way. In addition, interviewers must rapidly establish a climate of trust with children who are often reticent towards and distrustful of adults they do not know. Because children have shorter attention spans than adults, it can be difficult to engage them during long periods of time and therefore the interviewer must conduct the interview under considerable time limitations. Another challenge is the need to adapt questions and style of engagement to each individual child’s needs which vary widely among interviewees. Children present specific challenges related to task comprehension, memory processing, increased suggestibility, language skills, and attention; the extent of these challenges depends on the child’s age, cultural background, experiences and developmental level. The final challenge is that interviews must be conducted in a manner that adheres to best-practice guidelines (an open-ended style) as well as in a manner that will satisfy the court.en_US
dc.publisher.placeToronto, Canadaen_US
dc.relation.ispartofbooktitleInvestigative Interviewing - The Essentialsen_US
dc.subject.fieldofresearchForensic Psychologyen_US
dc.subject.keywordsCriminal investigationen_US
dc.titleInterviewing childrenen_US
dc.typeBook chapteren_US
dcterms.bibliographicCitationCyr, M; Dion, J; Powell, M, Interviewing children, Investigative Interviewing - The Essentials, 2014, pp. 63-96en_US
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gro.griffith.authorPowell, Martine B.

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