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Interviewing Children about Sexual AbuseControversies and Best Practice$
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Kathleen Coulborn Faller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311778

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311778.001.0001

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Questioning Techniques

Questioning Techniques

(p.90) EIGHT Questioning Techniques
Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse

Kathleen Coulborn Faller

Oxford University Press

A hotly debated aspect of the child interview relates to the questions employed by the interviewer. The core of the debate is whether a particular type of question elicits accurate information from the child or not. The types of questions discussed are invitational, open, closed, open-ended, close-ended, leading, multiple choice, direct, specific, misleading, option-posing, and coercive. A great deal of research has been undertaken on questioning procedures, although most of this is analogue research. Question types are divided into three general categories from preferred, to less preferred, and least preferred. Each type of question is described and illustrated, and differing opinions about the appropriateness of each type of question are discussed.

Keywords:   invitational questions, open-ended questions, open questions, close-ended questions, closed questions, leading questions, multiple choice questions, direct questions, specific questions, misleading questions

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