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n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Applying mixed-methods to assess the value of forensic interviewing from a person-centred approach

Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1012-8093
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Abstract

PricewaterhouseCoopers reported that 72% of South African companies have reportedly fallen victim to commercial crime. The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) in its 2008 'Report to the Nation' also stated that the risk of fraud is the greatest in emerging markets such as South Africa. This situation creates the need for well-trained forensic investigators. The aim of this study is to assess the value of an experiential learning approach to equip forensic interviewers with relevant person-centred techniques to employ within a forensic context so that they can obtain meaningful information. A mixed-method design was employed. The samples were alternatively selected as both an availability and a purposive sample, consisting of 14 males and 19 females. Twenty-three of the persons interviewed were between the ages of 22-34 years and ten between the ages of 35-60 years. Thirty-two people were white and one was black. Twenty-one of them had an accounting background, while 12 had a legal background. Quantitative data was collected with the use of self-report questionnaires, semi-experiential pre-test and post-test measure, as well as formative and summative assessment results. The quantitative data was analysed by means of descriptive and inferential techniques. Open-ended questionnaire items and semi-structure personal interviews were employed to collect the qualitative data from experts in the field of forensic interviewing, as well from interviewers that had previously participated in the training programme. The qualitative data was analysed by means of comparative content analysis. This evaluative research showed that an experiential learning environment does make a valuable contribution to the field of forensic investigative interviewing training. This study's contribution to research is embedded in the evaluation of an experiential learning model employed to training forensic interviewers to conduct effective interview from a person-centred perspective.

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2011-01-01
2016-12-11

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