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Waarheidsvinding in het verhoor : de invloed van culturele afkomst en politiecontact

Gijt, L. de (2009) Waarheidsvinding in het verhoor : de invloed van culturele afkomst en politiecontact.

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Abstract:This study examines the influence of personal characteristics of suspects on finding the truth in an interrogation. Suspects’ characteristics are conceptualized by being or not being allochtonous and secondly by having or not having contact with the police in the past. Finding the truth exists of a confession , the willingness to give an explanation and the content of the information that is given by a suspect. I expected a difference between domestic and allochtonous suspects on finding the truth. And besides that, in truth finding earlier contact with the police should also matter. As predicted, persons who did not have contact with the police before give more confessions that people who did. The information these suspects give contains more truth than people who did have contact with the police before. Suspects who did have contact before, give partly truthful information. Controversially to the predictions, no differences are found between domestic people and allochtonous people. A possible explanation is that these indifferences are related to the third generation of allochtonous, who may be more integrated in the society and do not differ from domestic people. On the other hand, truth finding is possibly not only depending on characteristics of the suspect but also on the behavior of police detectives during interrogation
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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