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Impact of minimization and maximization techniques within investigative interviews.

Greiten, I. (2021) Impact of minimization and maximization techniques within investigative interviews.

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Abstract:This study tested the effects of minimization and maximization techniques in accusatory investigative interviews. While using maximization techniques, the seriousness of the offence is emphasised. Minimization is a more soft-sell interrogation technique that should decrease the perceived severity of the crime. The manipulated variables in this study were three interview condition: control, minimization, and maximization condition. We expected that minimization techniques lead to a higher information provision than in a control interview. When maximization techniques are used, we expected a smaller amount of information than in a control interview. We also expected a negative effect of maximization on trust due to the increased level of pressure on the suspect. The incriminating information provision was significantly increased by the application of minimization techniques, although the total information provision was not influenced. The application of maximization techniques did not affect the information provision. Trust was not significantly influenced by any of the interrogation techniques. The application of minimization techniques does not lead to a higher information provision but a higher incriminating information provision. Furthermore, an important finding was that the suspect's trust in the interviewer is not affected by the use of minimization or maximization techniques.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88023
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