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A critical examination of investigative methods in fifteen cases of alleged child sexual abuse in Sweden
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
1997 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose is to examine investigative  work in cases of sexual abuse in Sweden. A systematic search for common problem areas in the investigative process was made in 15 cases with extensive documentation. In at least two thirds of the cases four problem themes were found to be important: I. Investigation strategy and generation of data, II. Documentation of data, III. Analysis work, IV. Ethics. The main conclusion is that there are serious defects in the investigative methods in all cases reviewec. The investigative methods are biased and incompatible with the objectivity principle stated in Swedish laws. There is a need for critical and scientific thinking in investigative work.

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Keyword [en]
investigative method, examination, child, conflict, ethics, cognitive biases, objectivity, crime, court cases, child sexual abuse, critical thinking, police investigation, police interrogation, investigative work, investigation strategy, documentation, analysis work, ethics, critical examination, child protection investigation, interviewing of children
Keyword [sv]
kritisk granskning, utredning, utredningsmetodik, tankefel, konflikt, etik, barn, sexuella övergrepp, polisförhör, förhörsstrategi, kritiskt tänkande, källkritik, dokumentation, förundersökning, analysarbete, åklagare, polis, saklighet, LVU, barnavårdsutredning, vårdnadsutredning, anklagelser, brott, rättsfall
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology) Applied Psychology Law Social Work
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Psychology; Law; Social Work; Sociology; Legal Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-11968OAI: diva2:354410
The 7th European Conference on Psychology and Law, Swedish police school, Solna, 1997
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