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Strategic interviewing to elicit admissions: Making guilty suspects more forthcoming

Conference contribution
Authors Serra Tekin
Pär-Anders Granhag
Erik Mac Giolla
Published in American Psychology-Law Society Annual Conference, March 2015, San Diego, USA
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords strategic interviewing, admissions, counter-interrogation strategies
Subject categories Psychology


Abstract The current study aimed to alter the counter-interrogation strategies of guilty suspects by influencing their perception of the evidence with the goal of eliciting admissions. Participants (N = 90) were asked to perform several mock criminal tasks before being interviewed using one of three interview techniques: (1) Strategic Use of Evidence (SUE) (2) Early Disclosure of Evidence; or (3) A Control interview. Suspects in the SUE condition (vs. other conditions) (1) had more statement-evidence inconsistencies, (2) disclosed more admissions, and (3) perceived the interviewer to have had more information than s/he actually did.

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