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The role of respect for rapport in investigative interviews

Raß, J.K.E. (2020) The role of respect for rapport in investigative interviews.

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Abstract:Police investigations often rely on the success of investigative interviews. Up until now, rapport is widely used as an important psychological mechanism through which investigative interviews can be effective. However, it is not entirely understood how rapport in investigative interviews develops and how rapport affects interview outcomes. There are some indications that suspects who feel respected by the investigative interviewer tend to cooperate more. Based on existing literature, the feeling of being respected might be a foundation for the development of rapport because feeling respected encourages one to open up and cooperate. This study investigates the relationship of rapport and respect and the role of rapport and respect for the effectiveness of investigative interviews. A sample of mostly university students (N = 48) participated in an online experimental study for which they had to read a vignette in which they steal an iPhone. Subsequently, they were questioned in an investigative interview about the iPhone theft. In the investigative interview, the interviewer behaved aligned with either an information gathering interview approach or with an accusatory interview approach. Participants questioned by an information gathering interviewer reported significantly higher rapport in the investigative interview and that they felt more respected by the interviewer. The effect of interview style on rapport was found to be mediated through respect.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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