Children: As Witnesses

Sylvia Patrice Perry, Catherine York, Bette L. Bottoms, Stephanie D Block, Gail S Goodman

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Child witness accuracy is of great concern to psychologists, legal and social service authorities, attorneys, judges, and society as a whole. In this article, we summarize scientific research on children's eyewitness testimony, including child factors, social circumstances, and interview characteristics that affect children's memory and suggestibility; interview techniques that encourage accurate eyewitness reports; courtroom accommodations to reduce stress and increase accuracy for child witnesses; jurors' reactions to children's testimony; and future directions in child witness research.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWiley Encyclopedia of Forensic Science
EditorsAllan Jamieson, Andre Moenssens
StatePublished - 2009


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