Accuracy of investigators' verbatim notes of their forensic interviews with alleged child abuse victims

Michael E. Lamb, Yael Orbach, Kathleen J. Sternberg, Irit Hershkowitz, Dvora Horowitz

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Abstract

Verbatim contemporaneous accounts of 20 investigative interviews were compared with audiotaped recordings thereof. More than half (57%) of the interviewers' utterances along with 25% of the incident-relevant details provided by the children were not reported in the 'verbatim' notes. The structure of the interviews was also represented inaccurately in these accounts. Fewer than half (44%) of the details provided by the children were attributed to the correct eliciting utterance type. Investigators systematically misattributed details to more open rather than more focused prompts. These results underscore the superiority of electronic recording when the content and structure of investigative interviews must be preserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)699-708
Number of pages10
JournalLaw and Human Behavior
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law

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