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Psicologia: Reflexão e Crítica

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PAULO, Rui; ALBUQUERQUE, Pedro B.  and  BULL, Ray. Investigative Interviewing of Children and Adolescents: A Developmental Perspective. Psicol. Reflex. Crit. [online]. 2015, vol.28, n.3, pp.623-631. ISSN 0102-7972.

Knowing the different developmental stages is an essential skill for the forensic or police interviewer. It is crucial to adapt the interview according to the witness developmental assessment. This article describes the stages of human development throughout childhood and adolescence, with particular emphasis on the development of memory and other skills involved in the interview process. The appropriateness of several methodologies used for interviewing child witnesses is discussed, as well as some fundamental guidelines for conducting a good interview. Lastly, the article focuses on the Enhanced Cognitive Interview as a promising technique for interviewing children and adolescents. The aim of this study is not only to critically review the existing studies, but also to write a guide for professionals in this area.

Keywords : Cognitive interview; investigative interview; human development; children; adolescent.

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