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4. Interviewing children in and out of court: Current research and practice implications.The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (2002)
What do we know about children's abilities to provide eyewitness testimony? Until recently, scientific data wee surprisingly sparse. However, beginning in the mid-1980s, the study of child victims/witnesses grew at an astounding rate; now it is a worldwide endeavor. When Melton (1981) published one of the first modern reviews of psychological research on children's testimony, only one contemporary empirical study directly dressing children's eyewitness memory was cited. Today, entire books and journal issues are devoted to research on this topic (e.g., Ceci & Bruck, 1995; Dent & Flin, 1992; Goodman, 1984; Goodman & Bottoms, 1993; Perry & Wrightsman, 1991; Poole & Lamb, 1998; Spencer & Flin, 1993). Important research currently is being undertaken not only in the United States but also in England (e.g., Davies, Westcott, & Horan, 2000), Scotland (e.g., Flin, 1993), New Zealand (e.g., Priestly,Roberts, & Pipe, 1999), Australia (e.g., Brennan & Brennan, 1988; Bussey, Lee, & Grimbeek, 1993), Canada (e.g., Bala, Lee, Lindsay, & Talwar, 2000; Peterson, Dowden, & Tobin, 2000; Sas, Hurley, Austin, & Wolfe, 1991), Israel (Hershkowitz & Elul, 1999), Sweden (Cederborg, Orbach, Sternberg, & Lamb, 2000), and elsewhere.
- child abuse,
- child witness,
- interviewing children
Publication DateFebruary, 2002
Citation InformationSaywitz, K. J., Goodman, G. S., & Lyon, T. D. (2002). Interviewing children in and out of court: Current research and practice implications. In J. Myers, L. Berliner, J. Briere, C. Hendrix, C. Jenny, & T. Reid (Eds.), The APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment (2nd ed., pp. 349-377). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.