The effect of rapport in forensic interviewing

  • Collins R
  • Lincoln R
  • Frank M
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Abstract

Reports a study of the effect of rapport on eyewitness recall of a dramatic videotaped event by creating 3 interviewer-attitude conditions--"rapport", "neutral", and "abrupt". 42 participants (aged 17-60 yrs) were randomly assigned to the 3 conditions, and recall was elicited by 2 methods--free narrative and a semi-structured questionnaire. The results indicate participants in the rapport interview recalled more correct information, and the same amount of incorrect information as participants in the other 2 conditions. However, prompting via the semi-structured questionnaire yielded additional correct as well as incorrect information for the neutral and abrupt conditions. The results are discussed for their relevance to interviews conducted in forensic settings, and to highlight the need for more specific and improved interview training for police and other justice personnel. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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Authors

  • Roger Collins

  • Robyn Lincoln

  • Mark G. Frank

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