Police perceptions of training in interviewing youth with ADHD

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Cunial, Kimberley J
Casey, Leanne M
Bell, Clare
Kebbell, Mark R
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2019
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One hundred and two Child Protection Investigation Unit (CPIU) detectives were recruited to answer questions about their perceived knowledge and skill, as well as training accessibility and development needs, regarding the interviewing of youth with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Results indicate that CPIU detectives rated themselves as having a moderate ability to recognize ADHD in interviewees and only a moderate awareness of how ADHD may impact the interviewing process but reported an average confidence in their ability to conduct a modified cognitive interview with ADHD-affected youth. CPIU detectives reported a below-average satisfaction with prior training provided to equip them in this area as well as below average confidence in their ability to access any possible existing training in this area. Detectives also report a moderately high desire for a new training program focused on interviewing youth with ADHD, with a preference for training that involves online learning, followed closely by workshops and role plays. Implications are discussed in terms of the need for future research which focusses on the development of a specialised training program for CPIU detectives interviewing youth with ADHD.

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Police Practice and Research

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Criminology

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Criminology & Penology

ADHD

cognitive interview

police

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Cunial, KJ; Casey, LM; Bell, C; Kebbell, MR, Police perceptions of training in interviewing youth with ADHD, Police Practice and Research, 2019

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