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Humanity and Dominance in Police Interviews. Causes and Effects
Kristianstad University, School of Teacher Education.
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This experimental study examined whether a humanitarian and a dominant interviewing style, respectively, had any causal effect on 146 interviewees’ memory performance, as well as the interviewees’ psychological well-being. Independent-samples t-tests showed that participants interviewed in a humanitarian style reported a larger amount of information altogether, including, as defined, more peripheral and central information, compared to those interviewed in a dominant style. The amount of false reported information was statistically invariable regardless of interviewing style. A mixed between-within analysis of variance showed an interaction effect between the interviewing style and the interviewees’ anxiety level before and after interview, thus, partly supporting the hypothesis that a humanitarian interviewing style promotes greater psychological well-being among interviewees. Factors influencing the results are discussed, including the main implications, which are that a humanitarian interviewing style promotes rapport building and provides the interviewees with adequate time to find retrieval paths and cues to memories.

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2010. , 19 p.
Keyword [en]
Police Interview, Humanity and Dominance, memory performance, psychological well-being
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-7662OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-7662DiVA: diva2:391525
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2011-02-14 Created: 2011-01-25 Last updated: 2011-02-14Bibliographically approved

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