The productivity of wh- prompts in child forensic interviews
Andrews, Samantha J
Stolzenberg, Stacia N
Lyon, Thomas D
Journal of Interpersonal Violence
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Ahern, E., Andrews, S. J., Stolzenberg, S. N., & Lyon, T. D. (2015). The productivity of wh- prompts in child forensic interviews. Journal of Interpersonal Violence https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260515621084
Child witnesses are often asked wh- prompts (what, how, why, who, when, where) in forensic interviews. However, little research has examined the ways in which children respond to different wh- prompts and no previous research has investigated productivity differences among wh- prompts in investigative interviews. This study examined the use and productivity of wh- prompts in 95 transcripts of 4- to 13-year-olds alleging sexual abuse in child investigative interviews. What-how questions about actions elicited the most productive responses during both the rapport building and substantive phases. Future research and practitioner training should consider distinguishing among different wh- prompts.
forensic interviewing, child sexual abuse, wh- prompts, rapport building, question types
This research was supported in part by the Nuffield Foundation, Jacobs Foundation, an NICHD Grant HD047290, and an ESRC studentship.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260515621084
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/252564