How to make perpetrators in denial disclose more information about their crimes

Journal article


Tekin Eriksson, S., Granhag, P.A., Stromwall, L. and Vrij, Aldert (2016). How to make perpetrators in denial disclose more information about their crimes. Psychology, Crime & Law. 22 (6), pp. 261-280.
AuthorsTekin Eriksson, S., Granhag, P.A., Stromwall, L. and Vrij, Aldert
Abstract

This study examined interview techniques for eliciting admissions from perpetrators of a crime. Two techniques derived from the Strategic Use of Evidence (SUE) framework (SUE-Confrontation and SUE-Confrontation/Explain) were compared to an Early Disclosure of Evidence technique. Participants (N = 75) performed a mock criminal task divided into three phases before being interviewed. In the SUE conditions, statement-evidence inconsistencies were obtained by strategic interviewing for Phases 1 and 2. For both SUE conditions, the interviewer confronted the suspects with these inconsistencies, emphasising that withholding
information undermined their credibility. For the SUEConfrontation/Explain condition, the suspects were asked to explain each inconsistency. To restore their credibility, the suspects in the SUE conditions were expected to become more forthcoming in Phase 3 (the phase which lacked information). The suspects in the SUE-Confrontation condition (vs. the suspects in the Early Disclosure condition) disclosed more admissions about Phase 3. As predicted, the suspects in the SUE conditions perceived the interviewer to have had comparatively more information about Phase 3. The suspects in the SUEConfrontation/Explain condition strived to maintain their credibility either by fitting their story to the evidence or by sticking to the initial story. The study shows that the SUE
technique is effective for eliciting admissions.

KeywordsAdmissions; inconsistency; strategic use of evidence; counter-interrogation strategies; denial
Year2016
JournalPsychology, Crime & Law
Journal citation22 (6), pp. 261-280
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1080/1068316X.2016.1168425
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/1068316X.2016.1168425
Publication dates
Print07 Apr 2016
Publication process dates
Accepted26 Feb 2016
Deposited15 Oct 2019
Accepted author manuscript
License
CC BY 4.0
File Access Level
Open
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