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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Study of the Perspectives of Law Students Regarding False Confessions and Coercive Interrogation Tactics
by Avalle, Diana, Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2017, 94; 10788415
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose of this research is to address how coercive police interrogation tactics can lead to a phenomenon rising in social consciousness, false confessions, with specific attention paid to the most popular form of police interrogation tactics, the Reid Technique. This research surveyed current law students to understand their perspectives regarding perceived coercion of certain interrogation tactics and the likelihood that such coercive interrogation tactics would elicit a false confession. The researcher also set out to determine if providing the psychology behind coercive interrogation tactics, and how they may lead to false confessions is perceived as useful to law students, and how likely it is that they would utilize such information in their future practices. This research is a first of its kind in that no other research has examined false confessions as related to law students; the only research regarding surveying criminal justice professionals surveyed law enforcement professionals, the interrogators, themselves. Although, presumably, due to a low sample size no significance was determined for the intervention used, there are still practical applications for the results of the research conducted.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gomberg, Linda
Commitee: Sherman, Mike
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Clinical Forensic Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-A 79/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Law, Social psychology
Keywords: Coercive interrogation tactics, False confession
Publication Number: 10788415
ISBN: 978-0-438-14878-9
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