Recordability: Resistance and collusion in psychometric interviews with children
2012 (English)In: Discourse Studies, ISSN 1461-4456, E-ISSN 1461-7080, Vol. 14, no 6, 691-709 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Different areas of child welfare work call for psychometric measurement to replace professionals’judgements with objective numbers. Using data from a national Swedish evaluation of interventionsfor abused children, the present article investigates child interviewees’ resistance to constraintsin psychometric questions. The article contributes to studies of how psychology operates ininstitutional settings; it looks into the discursive production of the interviewee’s position in thestruggle between the principle of recordability and ‘sensitive’ interviewing. The findings suggestthat interviewees resist questions’ structural restrictions in the service of telling the interviewerabout their lives. Thus, the function of their misalignment is affiliative; it cooperates both with theinstitutional goal of eliciting information and with the interviewer’s interest in them. However,the interviewer’s solutions to children’s problem presentations remain focused on generatingrecordable answers. The article concludes that the narrow focus on recordability neglectsimportant opportunities to talk about children’s experiences.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 14, no 6, 691-709 p.
Children, discursive psychology, institutional talk-in-interaction, psychometric interviews, questions and answers, Sweden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-187606DOI: 10.1177/1461445612456997ISI: 000312552400002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-187606DiVA: diva2:575291
FunderWelfare and Life-course