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The effects of question type on self-contradictions by children in the course of forensic interviews†
Article first published online: 18 SEP 2001
Published in 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 15, Issue 5, pages 483–491, September 2001
How to Cite
Lamb, M. E. and Fauchier, A. (2001), The effects of question type on self-contradictions by children in the course of forensic interviews. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 15: 483–491. doi: 10.1002/acp.726
- Issue published online: 18 SEP 2001
- Article first published online: 18 SEP 2001
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 MAR 2000
- Manuscript Received: 7 JAN 2000
Twenty-four forensic interviews of seven alleged victims of child sexual abuse were examined to elucidate the circumstances in which the children contradicted forensically relevant details they had provided earlier. Suggestive questions by the interviewers elicited a disproportionate number of contradictions, whereas open-ended invitations never elicited contradictions. Because contradictions necessarily imply that details were stated inaccurately at least once, these close analyses of forensic interviews demonstrate that, as in analogue contexts, open-ended prompts yield more accurate information than do focused questions, particularly option-posing and suggestive prompts. Published in 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.