The Effects of Interviewing Techniques on Preschool Children´s Testimony

Louise Christiansen, Gitte Winther Nielsen, Tina A. Nielsen, Camila Gudmundsen-Holmgreen & Jeppe Torp Ohlsen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The project deals with communicative and cognitive aspects of legal interviewing techniques, specifically in relation to preschool children (3-6 years), and alleged cases of sexual abuse. The following techniques are defined and examined: Open questions, leading questions, repeated questions and misinformation. Implicit threats, rewards, and expectations are investigated as well. Possible consequences of using these techniques are outlined, based on available empirical research. Project deals with the communicative dimension as well as the psychological dimension. Main results illustrate that the reliability of children’s´ testimony is highly dependent on the manner in which this testimony is elicited. Suggestions for a neutral mode of interviewing are made.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato1 jan. 2004


  • Abuse
  • Children
  • Interviewing
  • Communication