Journal article

Accounts and their epistemic implications

Joyce Lamerichs, Eva Alisic, Marca Schasfoort

Research on Children and Social Interaction | Equinox Publishing | Published : 2018


We examine how “I don’t know” answers provided by children in psychological research interviews on trauma recovery talk are received. We analyse the two main ways in which these answers are taken up by the psychologist. Both are hearable as offering an account for the child, but carry different implications. Where the first account claims access to what can legitimately be remembered, the second steers away from this ‘sensitive’ epistemic course by accounting for the question the interviewer asked. The first strategy results in qualifying responses from the child and the second strategy invites more elaborate replies from the child on what happened. Exploring these practices demonstrates how..

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