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It must be precise, and a single hour audio translates into several hours of typing, alone, but the checking for accuracy, including the sometimes troublesome auto-correct programs can harm accuracy.
Yet it is that I wish to share something of a somewhat personal nature with readers regarding this.
When I worked in child protective services, the case load and pace were unsustainable. If a single allegation of, for example, sexual abuse was made, on average it meant that:
The child must be interviewed; perhaps even without prior notification to the parent, should this increase the risk to the child. Interview 1.
The school had to be notified, and the professionals who were in contact with the child had to be interviewed. Teacher, assistant, guidance counselor... 3 interviews on average.
Then, the child's doctor, nurse, therapist... 3
Then the child's siblings (on average, 2) 2
The child's parents (generally, this is 2 to 4, as step parenting and unmarried partners) 4
Any adults living in the house (this could range from 0 (not likely) to usually several, including both relations and non relations. To err on the low side, I will choose 2.
Any other children in the household, which was common, but again, the low side: 2.
Lastly, the accused and the host parent's therapists, drug counselors, etc, had to be interviewed. Low side: 2.
In just this case, 24 interviews needed to be conducted and transcribed. The doctor interview would be very short, generally less than 10 minutes, while the alleged perpetrator and the hosting parent of the per, would be the longest, generally 90 minutes to the hosting parent, and often 2-3 hours of the alleged perpetrator.
All of this does not include record review including medical, psychiatric and psychological reports.
Many of these interviews were conducted (of the parents) with a psych eval in hand, and at my desk while I typed.
This, alone, proved in valuable, years later, as a 'data base' of sorts emerged for me. I learned, for example, the language of:
a. Sex Abuse Victims, from both the interviews, and the subsequent massive research
b. Borderlines, where the interviews were often chaotic, scattered, unfocused and volatile;
c. bi polar
These were the basic and dominant personality types, traits, or diagnosis found within the interview and it was in the lengthy hours, 2 to 3 times per week, of transcription, that forced me to learn by the volume alone.
Although it is long work, and often considered boring, trained analysts, even when strained for time, can learn a great deal when transcribing an audio or video, as they are permitted to see reactions, personality traits emerge and even correct the interviewer's strategy as he or she types 'along' going in chronological order.
It is invaluable work and the moniker of 'boring' lifts as the analyst 'sees' into the language and the brain halts, presses and remains at a deliberate pace, by necessity, due to typing, correcting and the incessant pause that takes place.
For the trained analyst, transcription services are great short cuts, but accuracy is not the only doubt in play:
The missed value of the experience of entering into the interview, via slow, methodical typing, is of great value.
If you are like me, the value is something you may not realize until later, as you grow stronger in "the expected."
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Amanda Blackburn murder;
Disappearance of Deorr shortly.