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Title: Interviewing young adolescent suspects: When to reveal incriminating information?
Authors: Lingwood, J.
Bull, R.
First Published: 1-Jul-2013
Publisher: Sociedad Española de Psicologia Jurídica y Forense, Elsevier
Citation: European Journal of Psychology Applied to Legal Context, 2013, 5 (2), pp. 141-146
Abstract: Recent research has demonstrated that the way in which interviewers reveal information/evidence to interviewees/suspects can produce noticeable differences between truthful and deceptive verbal statements. However, very little of this research has involved adolescents. In the present study, 12 to 14 year old adolescents were asked to commit (n = 26) or not to commit (n = 26) a mock crime and at interview to deny involvement in this crime. Prior to interview some information about each adolescent's behaviour was made available to the interviewer but this was not enough to enable determination of whether he or she had committed the crime. The interviewer revealed such information either at the beginning of the interview (the ‘traditional method’), at the end of the interview (as pioneered by the ‘SUE’ technique), or gradually. The interviews were analysed for interviewees’ ‘evidence omissions’ and ‘statement-evidence contradictions’. As predicted, liars omitted more crime-related information/details and their statements were significantly more inconsistent with the information/evidence known to/disclosed by the interviewer. The timing of the interviewer's evidence revelation had a significant effect on liars’ mentioning during their free recall of some of this information and on the total number of details mentioned in free recall.
DOI Link: 10.5093/ejpalc2013a3
ISSN: 1889-1861
eISSN: 1989-4007
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2013. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives License ( ), which permits use and distribution in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and no modifications or adaptations are made.
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