Rapport operationalized as a humanitarian interview in investigative interview settings

Ulf Holmberg, Kent Madsen

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This study describes and tests an empirical-based theoretical model of rapport in an investigative interview context. Essential in this study is whether rapport, operationalized as the humanitarian interview, in two interviews with a six-month retention interval, had any causal effects on the respective memory performance of 146 and 127 interviewees. Independent-samples t‐tests revealed, on both occasions, that a humanitarian rapport interview led to a larger amount of reported information altogether, with more central and peripheral information, than a dominant non-rapport interview did. Regardless of the interview approach, mixed between-within analysis of variance showed a substantially larger amount of reported information in the first interview than the second. The amount of false information reported in both interviews was statistically invariable, regardless of interviewing style.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)591-610
Number of pages19
JournalPsychiatry, Psychology and Law
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Psychology (501)


  • humanitarian interview
  • interrogation
  • investigative interviewing
  • memory
  • rapport


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