Puppets

Although puppets are used as interview aids (Kendall-Tackett, 1992), we found no research concerning them. The way they are used in videotapes we have seen is highly suggestive. When a child is not responding to questions or is saying, "I don't remember," the interviewer may give the child one puppet, place another on her own hand, and have the puppets talk to each other. The child sometimes interprets this a pretend game and begins saying all sorts of things. The interviewer, however, fails to recognize this and responds to the child-puppet's statements as though the child were telling about actual, real-life events. In our opinion, puppets have no place in an investigatory interview.

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