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"The most important book to date concerning children as witnesses. This book should be read by every judge and attorney concerned about child abuse. It provides a wealth of information that can be put to good use in the effort to protect abused children. Most judges and attorneys know relatively little about recent psychological research on children as witnesses. This book, more than any other, bridges the knowledge gap that too often separates psychologists from judges and attorneys." --John E.B. Myers, McGeorge School of Law
"[This] edited volume makes an important contribution to advancing knowledge, especially in clarifying strengths of children's memory and identifying strategies for improving children's memory performance. Of equal interest are the data on perceptions of children's reports which do not always coincide with children's abilities or accuracy. As this book demonstrates, problems with children's's reports about events often do not lie with children but with gaps in adult understanding and communication." --Lucy Berliner, M.S.W., Research Director, Harborview Sexual Assault Center
"Gail Goodman and Bette Bottoms give us a treasure trove of brand new psychological studies that explain whether, how, why, what, and how truthfully children remember what happens. This book not only grants invaluable help to the many professionals who bring children into court, but it provides ways to help these children. Fascinating reading for anyone interested in children's memories." --Lenore C. Terr, M.D.
"Goodman and Bottoms are two of our most thoughtful and creative scholars in the field of children's testimony. Their book and their work show how a pressing question of public policy, in the hands of thoughtful scholars, can become a key door to the exploration of a new realm of general social scientific understanding. This book provides a very accessible review of new knowledge on a range of issues related to children's testimony, and it draws out the important policy implications of that knowledge. It is a remarkable example of how to do equal justice to the standards of science and the needs of policy." --David Finkelhor, Ph.D., Co-Director, Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire