Disengaging and rehabilitating high-value detainees: a small scale qualitative study

Dhami, Mandeep K. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6157-3142, Goodman-Delahunty, Jane, Martschuk, Natalie, Cheung, Sang and Belton, Ian (2020) Disengaging and rehabilitating high-value detainees: a small scale qualitative study. Journal for Deradicalization (22) . pp. 66-96.

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In an era of international terrorism, interviews with high-value detainees may have the dual purpose of extracting useful information and of disengagement. We conducted a small-scale, qualitative study using in-depth, individual interviews with 11 experienced interviewers in the Southeast Asia region and Australia, in order to provide insights into the types of interviewing strategies employed in terrorist rehabilitation. Our findings highlight the potential efficacy of creating a physically comfortable and relaxed interview setting, and of using interview strategies that focus on rapport-building, principles of social persuasion and elements of procedural justice, along with a patient and flexible stance to questioning. We suggest that interviewers performing rehabilitation interviews with high-value detainees ought to be trained to use the social approach to interviewing.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Deradicalization, rehabilitation, terrorist, police interviewing
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 29162
Notes on copyright: Copyright (c) 2020 Mandeep K. Dhami, Jane Goodman-Delahunty, Natalie Martschuk, Sang Cheung, Ian Belton
Creative Commons License: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
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Depositing User: Mandeep Dhami
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 09:38
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2020 23:48
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/29162

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