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Verbal, visual, and intermediary support for child witnesses with autism during investigative interviews

Henry, L., Crane, L., Nash, G., Hobson, Z., Kirke-Smith, M. and Wilcock, R. (2017). Verbal, visual, and intermediary support for child witnesses with autism during investigative interviews. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3142-0


Three promising investigative interview interventions were assessed in 270 children (age 6-11 years): 71 with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and 199 who were typically developing (TD). Children received ‘Verbal Labels’, ‘Sketch Reinstatement of Context’ or ‘Registered Intermediary’ interviews designed to improve interview performance without decreasing accuracy. Children with ASD showed no increases in the number of correct details recalled for any of the three interview types (compared to a Best-Practice police interview), whereas TD children showed significant improvements in the Registered Intermediary and Verbal Labels interviews. Findings suggested that children with ASD can perform as well as TD children in certain types of investigative interviews, but some expected benefits (e.g., of Registered Intermediaries) were not apparent in this study.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Autism, investigative interviews, eyewitness memory, Verbal Labels, Sketch Reinstatement of Context, Registered Intermediaries
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: School of Health Sciences > Language & Communication Science
Date available in CRO: 08 May 2017 16:01
Date deposited: 8 May 2017
Date of acceptance: 21 April 2017
Date of first online publication: 13 May 2017
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Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

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