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Repetition of contaminating question types when children and youths with intellectual disabilities are interviewed
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Cognition, Development and Disability. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Linköping University, The Swedish Institute for Disability Research. Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Disability Research. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Scottish Institute Policing Research.
University of Cambridge.
2009 (English)In: JOURNAL OF INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY RESEARCH, ISSN 0964-2633 , Vol. 53, 440-449 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study examined the effects of repeating questions in interviews investigating the possible sexual abuse of children and youths who had a variety of intellectual disabilities. We predicted that the repetition of option-posing and suggestive questions would lead the suspected victims to change their responses, making it difficult to understand what actually happened. Inconsistency can be a key factor when assessing the reliability of witnesses.

Case files and transcripts of investigative interviews with 33 children and youths who had a variety of intellectual disabilities were obtained from prosecutors in Sweden. The interviews involved 25 females and 9 males whose chronological ages were between 5.4 and 23.7 years when interviewed (M = 13.2 years).

Six per cent of the questions were repeated at least once. The repetition of focused questions raised doubts about the reports because the interviewees changed their answers 40% of the time.

Regardless of the witnesses abilities, it is important to obtain reports that are as accurate and complete as possible in investigative interviews. Because this was a field study, we did not know which responses were accurate, but repetitions of potentially contaminating questions frequently led the interviewees to contradict their earlier answers. This means that the interviewers behaviour diminished the usefulness of the witnesses testimony.

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2009. Vol. 53, 440-449 p.
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inconsistent reports, investigative interviews, learning disabilities, repeated focused questions, sexual abuse
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-18026DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2009.01160.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-18026DiVA: diva2:214269
Available from: 2009-05-04 Created: 2009-05-04 Last updated: 2009-05-04

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