The need for a positive psychological approach and collaborative effort for improving practice in the interrogation room
The White Paper suggests important reforms that will reduce the likelihood of false confessions resulting from police interrogation. The research underlying these suggested reforms has yielded significant advances in our understanding of factors associated with false confessions. As we move forward, we encourage the development of empirically based approaches that provide a viable alternative to current practice. In doing so, we suggest that researchers pursue a positive psychological approach that involves partnering with practitioners to systematically develop interrogative methods that are shown to be more diagnostic. By taking such an approach, we believe that the recommendations offered in the current White Paper can be supplemented by methods that carry the support of both scientific and law enforcement communities.
Christian A. Meissner, Maria Hartwig, and Melissa B. Russano. "The need for a positive psychological approach and collaborative effort for improving practice in the interrogation room" Law & Human Behavior (2010).
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