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The quality of details when children and youths with intellectual disabilities are interviewed about their abuse experiences
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Child and Youth Studies.
Linköpings Universitet, Linköping.
Scottish Institute for Policing Research, University of Abertay, United Kingdom.
2012 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research, ISSN 1501-7419, E-ISSN 1745-3011, Vol. 14, no 2, 113-125 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The question for this study is to further understand how children and youths with intellectual disabilities (IDs) elicit central and peripheral details when interviewed about their abuse experiences. Through a quantitative method we examined the police officers first formal investigative interview with 32 children and youths with IDs. We analysed their elicited details of abuse in relation to type of question asked. The findings are that few invitations and a large number of option-posing questions were asked. The children and youths tended to agree with option-posing and suggestive statements but were able to report qualitatively strong and important information about their abuse experiences without the “help” from possible contaminating question types.  Even if the sample was retrospective, ‘diagnosis’ of intellectual disability was made from examination of the case notes, and consisted of a wide range of disabilities as well as a wide range of age this study indicates that police officers need to provide children and youths with IDs greater opportunity to report details from invitations. If they are not developing their responses from invitations they should be asked open directive questions because that may facilitate their elicitation of both central and peripheral information.


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Taylor & Francis, 2012. Vol. 14, no 2, 113-125 p.
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Children, youth, intellectual disabilities, eye witnesses, quality of information
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Child and Youth Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-57351DOI: 10.1080/15017419.2010.541615OAI: diva2:415473
Available from: 2011-05-06 Created: 2011-05-06 Last updated: 2013-07-02Bibliographically approved

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