The investigative interviews: consequences of good and bad practice - In this article research is briefly reviewed on investigative interview techniques in children alleged victims of child sexual abuse. It is shown that such techniques represent a crucial factor in determining the accuracy and reliability of the witness report. Research in the psychology of eyewitness testimony provides important elements to understand which techniques are examples of good and which are examples of bad practice, which errors are commonly made in interviews, and which are the negative consequences of such common errors. Guidelines can limit the number of errors and render a report more accurate. Guidelines should be the same for every interviewer, and should be developed by a group of experts who are clearly familiar with the research data obtained in the psychology of eyewitness testimony.
Key-words: eyewitness testimony, interview, children, sexual abuse.
Parole chiave: testimonianza oculare, intervista, bambini, abuso sessuale.