Psychology and interviewing: What direction now in our quest for reliable information?

Gavin Oxburgh, Coral Dando

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Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to discuss two distinct but interrelated areas, namely witness/victim and suspect interviewing, and to argue that both must continue to evolve, suggest how they might do so, and that this process must be driven by emergent theory and contemporary empirical research.

Design/methodology/approach
The paper outlines the impact of psychological theory and empirical research to investigative interviewing in recent decades.

Findings
It is argued that in order to stay ahead of the game, the field of investigative interviewing (suspect and witness) must continue to evolve in such a manner that not only protects and fosters the important practitioner/academic relationship, but also ensures that future directions are driven by empirical research, with recourse to emergent theory.

Originality/value
The paper outlines the impact of psychological theory and empirical research on investigative interviewing and the consequent enhancement of the interviewing of both suspected offenders and witnesses. The paper demonstrates that working closely together academic research can make a difference, and influence law, policy decisions and training guidelines in order to improve practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-144
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Forensic Practice
Volume13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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