Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
Police Interviews with Victims and Suspects of Violent and Sexual Crimes: Interviewee's experiences and interview outcomes
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2004 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The police interview is one of the most important investigative tools that law enforcement has close at hand, and police interview methods have changed during the twentieth century. A good police interview is conducted in the frame of the law, is governed by the interview goal, and is influenced by facilitating factors that may affect the elicited report. The present doctoral dissertation focuses on police interviews in cases of very serious crimes of violence and sexual offences. Results reveal crime victims’ and perpetrators’ experiences of being interviewed and police officers’ attitudes towards conducting interviews related to traumatizing crimes. Study 1 revealed that when police officers interviewed murderers and sexual offenders, the interviewees perceived attitudes characterized by either dominance or humanity. Police interviews marked by dominance and suspects’ responses of anxiety were mainly associated with a higher proportion of denials, whereas an approach marked by humanity, and responses of being respected were significantly associated with admissions. In line with Study 1, the victims of rape and aggravated assault in Study 2 also revealed the experience of two police interview styles, where an interviewing style marked by dominance and responses of anxiety was significantly associated with crime victims’ omissions of information. Moreover, a humanitarian interviewing style, and crime victims’ feelings of being respected and co-operative, was significantly related to crime victims providing all information from painful events. Special squad police officers’ attitudes towards interviewing crime victims, in Study 3, also showed a humanitarian approach and two dominant approaches, one affective and the other refusing. The attitude towards interviewing suspects of crimes in focus revealed humanitarian and dominant interviewing attitudes, and an approach marked by kindness. The present thesis shows that, during their entire career, an overwhelming majority of the special squad police officers have experienced stressful events during patrol as well as investigative duty. Results show that symptoms from stressful event exposures and coping mechanisms are associated with negative attitudes towards interviewing suspects and supportive attitudes towards crime victim interviews. Thus, experiences from stressful exposures may automatically activate ego-defensive functions that automatically generate dominant attitudes. Moreover, it is important to offer police officers who have been exposed to stressful events the opportunity to work through their experiences, for example, through debriefing procedures. After debriefings, police officers are better prepared to meet crime victims and suspects and, through conscious closed-loop processes, to conduct police interviews without awaking ego-defensive functions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Psykologiska institutionen , 2004. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
Police interview, police officers, crime victims, suspects, stress, attitude function
National Category
Psychology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-64ISBN: 91-7265-815-0 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-64DiVA: diva2:196439
Public defence
2004-03-26, David Magnussonsalen (U31), hus 8, Frescati hagväg 8, Stockholm, 10:00
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2004-03-04 Created: 2004-03-04Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Murderers' and Sexual Offenders' Experiences of Police Interviews and Their Inclination to Admit or Deny Crimes
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Murderers' and Sexual Offenders' Experiences of Police Interviews and Their Inclination to Admit or Deny Crimes
2002 In: Behavioral Sciences and the Law, ISSN 0735-3936, Vol. 20, no 1-2, 31-45 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24019 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-64Available from: 2004-03-04 Created: 2004-03-04Bibliographically approved
2. Crime Victims' Experiences of Police Interviews and Their Inclination to Provide or Omit Information
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Crime Victims' Experiences of Police Interviews and Their Inclination to Provide or Omit Information
Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24020 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-64Available from: 2004-03-04 Created: 2004-03-04Bibliographically approved
3. Stressful Event Exposure is Related to Police Officers' Attitudes to Interviewing Crime Victims and Suspect
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Stressful Event Exposure is Related to Police Officers' Attitudes to Interviewing Crime Victims and Suspect
Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-24021 (URN)
Note
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-64Available from: 2004-03-04 Created: 2004-03-04Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(710 kB)23663 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 710 kBChecksum SHA-1
783806b043db345a03dfbab19f6744515a571393d361ffeaf1c3f2944a4bcac924109910
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Department of Psychology
Psychology

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 23663 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

isbn
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

isbn
urn-nbn
Total: 5441 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf