45. The productivity of wh- prompts in child forensic interviews.Journal of Interpersonal Violence (2015)
Child witnesses are often asked wh- prompts (what, how, why, who, when, where) in forensic interviews. However, little research has examined the ways in which children respond to different wh- prompts and no previous research has investigated productivity differences among wh- prompts in investigative interviews. This study examined the use and productivity of wh- prompts in 95 transcripts of 4- to 13-year-olds alleging sexual abuse in child investigative interviews. What-how questions about actions elicited the most productive responses during both the rapport building and substantive phases. Future research and practitioner training should consider distinguishing among different wh- prompts.
- child abuse,
- child testimony,
- child witness,
- child forensic interviews
Publication DateNovember 3, 2015
Citation InformationAhern, E.C., Andrews, S.J., Stolzenberg, S.N., & Lyon, T.D. (2015). The productivity of wh- prompts in child forensic interviews. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.