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Type: Journal article
Title: Re-thinking rapport through the lens of progressivity in investigative interviews into child sexual abuse
Author: Fogarty, K.
Augoustinos, M.
Kettler, L.
Citation: Discourse Studies: an interdisciplinary journal for the study of text and talk, 2013; 15(4):395-420
Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd
Issue Date: 2013
ISSN: 1461-4456
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Kathryn Fogarty, Martha Augoustinos, and Lisa Kettler
Abstract: Building rapport is considered important in investigative interviewing of children about alleged sexual abuse, but theoretical understanding of the nature of rapport and how to judge its presence remains sketchy. This article argues that the conversation analytic concept of progressivity may provide empirical tractability to the concept of rapport and indeed may be partially what people are detecting when they judge the presence of rapport. A single case is analysed, drawn from a corpus of 11 video-taped interviews with children conducted by police in an Australian sexual crime unit. Analysis focuses on how the interviewer responds when progressivity breaks down, and how restoration is collaboratively achieved. Findings are discussed in terms of implications for future work that might investigate a more thoroughly social interactional account of rapport, and in terms of new ideas about what might constitute skilful interviewing practices amongst investigative interviewers.
Keywords: Child sexual abuse
conversation analysis
investigative interview
Rights: © The Author(s) 2013
DOI: 10.1177/1461445613482429
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