Verbal, visual, and intermediary support for child witnesses with autism during investigative interviews

Henry, Lucy and Crane, Laura and Nash, Gilly and Hobson, Zoe and Kirke-Smith, Mimi and Wilcock, Rachel (2017) Verbal, visual, and intermediary support for child witnesses with autism during investigative interviews. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. ISSN 0162-3257

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Abstract

Three promising investigative interview interventions were assessed in 270 children (age 6-11 years): 71 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 199 who were typically developing (TD). Children received ‘Verbal Labels’, ‘Sketch Reinstatement of Context’ or ‘Registered Intermediary’ interviews designed to improve interview performance without decreasing accuracy. Children with ASD showed no increases in the number of correct details recalled for any of the three interview types (compared to a Best-Practice police interview), whereas TD children showed significant improvements in the Registered Intermediary and Verbal Labels interviews. Findings suggested that children with ASD can perform as well as TD children in certain types of investigative interviews, but some expected benefits (e.g., of Registered Intermediaries) were not apparent in this study.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autism, investigative interviews, eyewitness memory, Verbal Labels, Sketch Reinstatement of Context, Registered Intermediaries
Subjects: C Biological sciences > C800 Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Rachel Wilcock
Date Deposited: 02 May 2017 08:59
Last Modified: 22 May 2017 11:11
URI: http://repository.winchester.ac.uk/id/eprint/567

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