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Adaptability – Positive Outcome Measures in Adverse Contexts and How a Crime Suspect Utilizes Them

Ostendorf, Marius (2019) Adaptability – Positive Outcome Measures in Adverse Contexts and How a Crime Suspect Utilizes Them.

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Abstract:This study is on how adaptability might be linked to different evidence disclosure techniques and how it affects a suspect’s ability to stick to a pre-planned strategy despite a constantly changing situation. Two evidence disclosure tactics were used to elicit adaptive responses from the participants. Participants (N=51) had to complete a mock-crime and enter an interrogation afterwards. The participants were specifically asked to convince the interviewer of their innocence and come up with a strategy on how to achieve that goal. A shift-of-strategy approach and a late disclosure approach were used in the interview. It was predicted that higher levels of adaptability would lead to better abilities to follow through with a pre-planned strategy and stick to their goal. No significant link between adaptability and of the outcome measures could be established. Adaptability did not seem to influence the participants ability to stick to their pre-planned strategy. Adaptability also has no influence on the amount of statement-inconsistencies a participant made during the interrogation. Several factors, including the strength of the evidence disclosure technique and the subjective measure of adaptability seemed to have resulted in the study outcome. Further research into the phenomenon of adaptability within the interrogation context is needed.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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