Examining the efficacy of a self‐administered report form in missing person investigations
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Methods: In Experiment 1, 65 participants were tested individually and asked to provide a description of a person they knew well but had not seen for 24 hr. In the second study, 64 participants were tested in pairs, but immediately separated into different rooms and instructed to imagine that the person they came with has gone missing. In both studies, participants completed either the SAI‐MISSING tool, or a self‐administered control form.
Results: In Experiment 1, we found that the SAI‐MISSING tool elicited significantly more information regarding physical descriptions and descriptions of clothing and personal effects, than the comparison control form. In Experiment 2, we replicated this finding and further showed that the SAI‐MISSING tool produced higher accuracy rates than the control form.
Conclusions: Given the positive outcomes, potential applications of the tool are discussed.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Legal and Criminological Psychology|
|Early online date||14 Jan 2020|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Feb 2020|
- Examining the efficacy
Rights statement: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Gabbert, F., Tamonyte, D., Apps, J., Caso, A., Woolnough, P., Hope, L., Handscomb, M. and Waterworth, G. (2020), Examining the efficacy of a self‐administered report form in missing person investigations. Leg Crim Psychol, 25: 1-16, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/lcrp.12163. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
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