Paradoxical invitations: challenges in soliciting more information from child witnesses.
This article provides an analysis of the ‘closure phase’ of investigative interviews with children reporting their being victim of alleged sexual offenses. Our focus is on how interviewers ask witness if they would like to add more to what has been said or whether they have any questions, as recommended by best practice guidelines. The data set comprises twenty-seven videotaped interviews conducted by one UK Constabulary. Using Conversation Analysis, we show how the delivery of the additional business question may be a barrier to interviewees proffering additional business. We also outline facilitative strategies that promote engagement and encourage participants’ contributions.
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Citation : Childs, C. and Walsh, D. (2018) Paradoxical invitations: challenges in soliciting more information from child witnesses. Research on Language and Social Interaction, 51 (4).
Research Institute : Institute for Evidence-Based Law Reform (IELR)
Peer Reviewed : Yes
- Department of Law