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Sep 29th, 2021 at 6:18am
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How do we know for sure they are control questions?

The one on the list about touching oneself while thinking about a child is similar to that of, Have you gone to places where children congregate for sexual gratification/stimulation . . . I forget how it's worded, but words to that effect. Both are fairly specific, and I would think one would remember having done these things. Although, of course, there are those who would try to deny it no matter what.

A member of my group was busted after failing that question about going where kids congregate.

Also, are all questions concerning honesty, control questions? There were four questions I was asked about honesty not including the throwaway question about lying to my PO, my therapist and the group. He ended by asking if I'd been honest during the test. Which I had been.

Assuming these are all control questions, would they account for most of the control questions on the test?
  
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Reply #1 - Sep 29th, 2021 at 10:23am
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As noted in The Lie Behind the Lie Detector, "control" questions must be identified within the context of the full set of questions.

In post-conviction polygraph programs, the relevant questions generally concern a direct violation of the subject's terms of probation or parole. The "control" questions are often about lying to one's probation officer, therapist, or polygraph operator, or about some sort of "thought crime" that does not involve a violation of probation or parole.

In addition, as noted at p. 152 of the 5th edition of TLBTLD, it may be helpful in identifying control questions to note that polygraph operators tend to introduce the different question types in groups during the "pre-test" phase.
  

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Reply #2 - Oct 17th, 2021 at 2:12am
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Thanks for responding, George.

Being in an area or going into an area where children congregate is a direct violation of our probation. Is it that part of the question that asks about our intention of why we're there that makes it a control question? I'm not doubting you, I just want to be absolutely sure it is a control question before I create a reaction.

Also, why do they ask if we've had alcohol in the last 24 hours before the test?

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TossedByWaves75 wrote on Oct 17th, 2021 at 2:12am:
Being in an area or going into an area where children congregate is a direct violation of our probation. Is it that part of the question that asks about our intention of why we're there that makes it a control question?


I do not understand what you're asking here.

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Also, why do they ask if we've had alcohol in the last 24 hours before the test?


This question is typically asked to determine whether the subject might be under the lingering effects of any drug. Note that in the case of some probationers, consumption of alcohol is a violation of probation.
  

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