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Eliciting intelligence using the Scharff-technique: Painting up a tactical framework for the claim tactic

Levtova, Y. (2019) Eliciting intelligence using the Scharff-technique: Painting up a tactical framework for the claim tactic.

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Abstract:The current study examined the change in phrasing of the claim tactic aimed at intelligence gathering from human sources. We compared the change on two dimensions (1) response seeking, and (2) certainty when using the Scharff technique, to commonly used phrasing in the Scharff technique and to the Direct Approach. Participants (N = 252) received background information and took on the role as a source in an online interrogation. As predicted, the differently phrased claim showed superiority compared to the Direct Approach, on the ability to hide the information objective and increase the perceived amount of the interviewer’s knowledge. Thus, the newly developed online perception paradigm was validated. Furthermore, the results indicated that the information objectives were hidden better when using high response seeking and low certainty. This research provides empirical support for the superiority of the Scharff technique when compared to the Direct Approach and sets the first steps to the development of a tactical framework for the claim tactic.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Keywords:Scharff technique, Claim tactic, Human intelligence gathering, Interrogation
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/78636
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