Accession Number:

ADA222330

Title:

Investigative Report Writing: A Field Study

Descriptive Note:

Technical rept.

Corporate Author:

DEFENSE PERSONNEL SECURITY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION CENTER MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1989-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

40.0

Abstract:

The report examines the typical written communications contained in personnel security investigations PSIs. Over 120 PSI reports were examined to develop discourse style special agents were interviewed and observed to determine their report-writing techniques and a sample of adjudicators the readers of PSIs were interviewed and observed to determine the perceptual and information processing of PSIs. The results suggest that document design, report organization, and perception of reader audience can affect adjudication processing of PSIs. The report recommends further empirical research to determine ways of improving document design and organization, and developing stylistic strategies that improve adjudicators ability to absorb and quickly comprehend PSIs. sdw

Subject Categories:

  • Information Science
  • Defense Systems
  • Command, Control and Communications Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE