Child Victims, Child Witnesses: Understanding and Improving Testimony / Edition 1

Child Victims, Child Witnesses: Understanding and Improving Testimony / Edition 1

by Gail S. Goodman
     
 


With the significant surge in child sexual abuse cases reported and prosecuted in recent years, the involvement of children in legal proceedings has emerged as a matter of great public and professional debate. Confronting the major issues, questions, and dilemmas that surround this debate, the editors of CHILD VICTIMS, CHILD WITNESSES have assembled an… See more details below

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With the significant surge in child sexual abuse cases reported and prosecuted in recent years, the involvement of children in legal proceedings has emerged as a matter of great public and professional debate. Confronting the major issues, questions, and dilemmas that surround this debate, the editors of CHILD VICTIMS, CHILD WITNESSES have assembled an international array of noted authorities who discuss the most current findings of child witness research.

Utilizing empirically based research that is clinically relevant, they address psychological and legal viewpoints on a range of critical issues including:

* Whether or not children have the cognitive capacity to recall and report past events accurately.

* If children are likely to conceal or fabricate information about past events, and if they are able to resist false suggestions.

* How socio-emotional and motivational factors influence the accuracy of children's reports, and how knowledge about children's memory can improve our understanding of their ability to testify in forensic settings.

* Ways to enhance the likelihood of obtaining accurate information from a child witness.

* If jurors can accurately evaluate children's testimony, or if they are biased in ways that might hinder fair adjudication of trials involving children as witnesses.

* What emotional impact the involvement in legal proceedings has on child witnesses.

* What special precautions and techniques can be used by courts to accommodate the needs of children--and the effect of such techniques on the accuracy of their testimony.

Presenting research-based answers to these questions in a format that is accessible to a wide readership, CHILD VICTIMS, CHILD WITNESSES is an invaluable reference for anyone concerned with children's testimony, from practitioners and researchers to mental health, social service, medical, and legal professionals. It also serves as a text for advanced students of psychology, social policy, and law.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898627893
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
12/11/1992
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.17(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

1Developmental Perspectives on Autobiographical Recall1
2Cues, Props, and Context: Do They Facilitate Children's Event Reports?25
3The Use of Anatomical Dolls in Sexual Abuse Evaluations: Current Research and Practice47
4Effects of Cognitive Questioning Techniques on Children's Recall Performance71
5Interviewing Children in Sexual Abuse Cases95
6Improving Children's Testimony with Preparation117
7Lies and Secrets: Implications for Children's Reporting of Sexual Abuse147
8Discernibility or Discrimination?: Understanding Jurors' Reactions to Accurate and Inaccurate Child and Adult Eyewitnesses169
9Blaming the Child: Attribution of Responsibility to Victims of Child Sexual Abuse203
10Individual Differences in Perceptions of Child Sexual Assault Victims229
11The Emotional Impact of Societal Intervention into Child Abuse263
12Hearing and Testing Children's Evidence279
13Effects of Context on the Accuracy and Suggestibility of Child Witnesses301
Index331

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