Best Practice Recommendations Still Fail to Result in Action: A National 10-Year Follow-up Study of Investigative Interviews in CSA Cases

The present study examined a national sample of Norwegian investigative interviews in alleged child sexual abuse cases (N = 224) across a 10-year period (2002–2012), in order to decide whether practice had improved over the decade in terms of the types of questions asked.


The results indicate that the frequency of open-ended, directive, option-posing, and suggestive questions asked was unchanged during the 10-year period, but that the frequency of repeated questions had increased significantly. When analyzed together with the results from a previous study of interview practice covering the period of 1990–2002, long-term trends were found to be similarly stable, with no change in the frequency of open-ended and suggestive questions asked over a 22-year perspective. However, a decreasing frequency of option-posing questions observed accompanied by an increasing frequency of directive questions may be considered a positive trend.

Applied Cognitive Psychology, 2015, doi: 10.1002/acp.3147                   

Published Sep. 14, 2015 7:15 AM