Transfer of Skills in the Context of Non-Suggestive Investigative Interviews: Impact of Structured Interview Protocol and Feedback
Version of Record online: 20 JAN 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 26, Issue 4, pages 516–524, July/August 2012
How to Cite
Cyr, M., Dion, J., McDuff, P. and Trotier-Sylvain, K. (2012), Transfer of Skills in the Context of Non-Suggestive Investigative Interviews: Impact of Structured Interview Protocol and Feedback. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 26: 516–524. doi: 10.1002/acp.2822
- Issue online: 16 JUL 2012
- Version of Record online: 20 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 7 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 1 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Received: 9 MAR 2011
Two groups of police investigators were trained in the use of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) interview protocol. After the training, one group (n = 8) received written feedback on each interview they conducted, whereas the other group (n = 11) did not. The objective of the study was, first, to evaluate the effect of NICHD protocol implementation on the types of questions and details provided by children and, second, to evaluate the impact of post-training feedback. Interviewees were alleged sexual abuse victims between the ages of 3 and 14 years. Application of the NICHD protocol allowed interviewers to use more open-ended questions and to obtain more details. The results show that providing feedback significantly increased the quality of the interviews. It is recommended that the NICHD protocol be used to interview child victims and witnesses and that feedback sessions be held with interviewers. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.