Repeated Self- and Peer-Review Leads to Continuous Improvement in Child Interviewing Performance

18 Pages Posted: 7 Jan 2016 Last revised: 15 Jan 2016

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Thomas D. Lyon

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Stacia Stolzenberg

Arizona State University (ASU) - School of Criminology & Criminal Justice

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

The present study examined whether a training model that focuses on consistent exposure to protocol procedure, self-evaluation, and intensive peer-review sessions could improve interviewers’ ability to adhere to best practices. Law students (N = 19) interviewed 5- to 10-year-old children on a weekly basis as part of a semester-long forensic child interviewing class. They transcribed their interviews, and participated in 1-hr self- and peer-reviews. The proportion of each question type was calculated (option-posing, Wh- questions [what, how, where, why, when, and who], and open-invitations) within each interview for each interviewer. Across 10 weeks of interviews, interviewers consistently improved their performance, decreasing the proportion of option-posing questions by 31% and increasing the proportion of open-invitations by 47%. All interviewers improved. The present study suggests that with consistent self-evaluation and peer-review, forensic interviewers can incrementally improve their performance.

Suggested Citation

Lyon, Thomas D. and Stolzenberg, Stacia, Repeated Self- and Peer-Review Leads to Continuous Improvement in Child Interviewing Performance (2015). 5 Journal of Forensic Social Work 20 (2015); USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 16-2; USC CLASS Research Paper No. CLASS16-2. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2711475

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