Rapport-Building in Multiple Interviews of Children
|Waterhouse, G., Ridley, A., Ray Bull,, Satchell, L. and Wilcock, R.
Rapport-building is key in child investigative interviews, however, recommendations of how to build rapport differ. Additionally, rapport in more complex situations: when a child is interviewed repeatedly or requires separate rapport building have not been studied. This research examined the UK’s ‘Achieving Best Evidence’ guidelines (Ministry of Justice, 2022) for rapport-building, which recommend conducting a neutral discussion, compared with a control condition and a separate rapport-building session for first interviews on children’s recall and well-being (measured by state anxiety and rapport questionnaires). For second and third interviews, additional full rapport-building sessions were compared to shortened or no rapport-building conditions. No significant differences in children’s (N = 107) recall or well-being were found across rapport-building conditions for all interviews. We conclude that for children who have experienced non-traumatic events, the inclusion of a neutral discussion rapport-building phase may not be any more beneficial for children than conducting a friendly interview.
|Rapport-building; investigative interviews; child victims; multiple interviewing; eyewitness testimony
|Applied Cognitive Psychology
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|08 Aug 2023
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|06 Jul 2023
|21 Aug 2023
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