Investigative interviewing of suspected sex offenders: A review of what constitutes best practice

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Title Investigative interviewing of suspected sex offenders: A review of what constitutes best practice
Author Read, Julianne M.; Powell, Martine B.; Kebbell, Mark Rhys; Milne, Rebecca
Journal Name International Journal of Police Science and Management
Year Published 2009
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Vathek Publishing
Abstract Research on the topic of investigative interviewing of suspected sex offenders is still in its infancy, with the majority of work to date focusing on developing theories underlying confessions, and reflecting on the value of specific interview techniques that have been observed in the field. This paper provides a synthesis of the literature in order to produce a preliminary guide to best practice for the interviewing of this particular interviewee group. Specifically, this review is structured around five elements that should be considered when planning for and administering the interview. These elements include: (a) establishing rapport, (b) introducing the topic of concern, (c) eliciting narrative detail, (d) clarification/specific questions and (e) closure. The unique contribution of this paper is its practical focus, and its synthesis of findings across a variety of streams, including the general eyewitness memory literature, legislation and case law, therapeutic literature, and research specifically related to the interviewing of offenders (including confessions). At the conclusion of the review, recommendations are offered for further research.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Vathek Publishing Ltd. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 11
Issue Number 4
Page from 442
Page to 459
ISSN 1461-3557
Date Accessioned 2010-03-05
Language en_AU
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Forensic Psychology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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