Accuracy of Investigators’ Verbatim Notes of Their Forensic Interviews with Alleged Child Abuse Victims
Source: Law and Human Behavior, Volume 24, Number 6, December 2000 , pp. 699-708(10)
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.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: 1: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, Maryland Michael_Lamb@nih.gov 2: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, Maryland 3: School of Social Work, University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel 4: Israeli Department of Labor and Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel
Publication date: December 2000