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42. Repeated Self and Peer-Review Leads to Continuous Improvement in Child Interviewing
Journal of Forensic Social Work (2015)
  • Stacia N Stolzenberg, Arizona State University
  • Thomas D. Lyon, University of Southern California
The present study examined whether a training model that focuses on consistent exposure to protocol procedure, self-evaluation, and intensive peer-review sessions could improve interviewers’ ability to adhere to best practices. Law students (N = 19) interviewed 5- to 10-year-old children on a weekly basis as part of a semester-long forensic child interviewing class. They transcribed their interviews, and participated in one-hour self and peer-reviews. The proportion of each question type was calculated (option-posing, Wh-, and open-invitations) within each interview for each interviewer. Across ten weeks of interviews, interviewers consistently improved their performance, decreasing the proportion of option-posing questions by 31% and increasing the proportion of open-invitations by 47%. All interviewers improved. The present study suggests that with consistent self-evaluation and peer-review, forensic interviewers can incrementally improve their performance.
  • child abuse,
  • child witness,
  • child interviewing
Publication Date
July 1, 2015
Citation Information
Stolzenberg, S.N., & Lyon., T.D. (2015). Repeated self and peer-review leads to continuous improvement in child interviewing performance. Journal of Forensic Social Work, 5, 20-28.