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Maybe you can draw it? The effects of using drawings during investigative interviews with preschoolers

Conference contribution
Authors Mikaela Magnusson
Emelie Ernberg
Sara Landström
Malin Joleby
Lucy Akehurst
Julia Korkman
Published in the Nordic Network for Research on Psychology and Law
Publication year 2019
Published at Department of Psychology
Language en
Keywords child interview
Subject categories Applied Psychology


Forensic interviews with preschoolers can be challenging for a variety of reasons. For the last decades, scholars have therefore been interested in examining interviewing techniques and tools intended to improve young children’s witness reports. Drawings constitute one such tool that has shown mixed results with regard to preschool-aged children. The present experiment was designed to investigate how the use of drawings may influence young children’s accounts (in terms of their quantity of details and accuracy) about experienced and non-experienced events in relation to different question types. A total of 115 preschoolers (aged 3 to 6 years) were asked questions about an event involving a pirate visit to their preschool. Of those preschoolers, 80 children had met the pirate and were asked during their interview to either draw the pirate while answering questions (drawing condition) or to just answer the questions verbally (control condition). An additional 30 children who had not met the pirate were interviewed for exploratory purposes about the non-experienced event either by using drawings and answering questions or by questioning alone. The data is currently being analysed and the main findings will be presented at the NNPL meeting. Konferenspresentationen finansierades av Kungl. Vetenskaps- och Vitterhets-Samhället i Göteborg

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