Children and the Law: The Essential Readings / Edition 1

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Overview

This volume brings together thirteen essential readings illustrating the most important issues in dealing with children as victims, witnesses or perpetrators of crime.

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"In this volume, Professor Bull has compiled some of the most important articles on sexual abuse. It is particularly noteworthy that the collection includes seminal and central articles on the incidence, characteristics, and effects of sexual abuse; children's memory capacities and credibility, cognitive development, and practical issues concerning the ways in which children function in and are affected by legal institutions. All of these specialized topics are typically the focus of individual volumes, each too narrow to be of much value to students searching for a broad and clear understanding of the issues. Bull's new collection thus fills a noteworthy void; students and their teachers will be indebted to him." Michael Lamb; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Children and the Law: The Essential Readings is edited by Ray Bull, one of the United Kingdom's foremost and pioneering forensic psychologists. This book offers a thought provoking collection of papers to illustrate the difficulties and misunderstandings that can easily arise when children's lives and experiences collide with the requirements of the law. The five parts of the book cover the victimization of children, child witnesses' reliability and credibility, children's understanding of deception, their performance in the legal system, and their position as perpetrators of crimes. Children and the Law contains an outstanding collection of original papers and summary articles by internationally recognised contributors which will challenge students and researchers in both law and the social sciences to consider their own perspectives and methodologies. Those left eager for more are given suggested further readings and reflections by the editor rooted in his personal experiences. Helen Westcott, Open University

"An ideal teaching and study resource. The papers should be of value to anyone who wants to learn more about children and the courts; practising professionals and laypersons alike. It goes without saying that the volume would be of value to students of psychology, child welfare, and law." Bob Duckett, Reference Reviews, Vol 16, 2002

"An enlightening read and one to be commended." Peggy Ray, Family Law, March 2002.

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Meet the Author

Ray Bull is Professor of Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. He has published widely in the area of children and the law, especially on the topic of children as witnesses. Most recently, he has co-edited the Handbook of the Psychology of Interviewing (1999) and the Handbook of Psychology in Legal Contexts (1999) and co-authored Investigative Interviewing: Psychology and Practice (1999).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Pt. I Child Victimization 1
1 Victimization of Children 5
2 Impact of Sexual Abuse on Children: A Review and Synthesis of Recent Empirical Studies 31
3 Community-Level Factors and Child Maltreatment Rates 78
Pt. II Reliability of Children's Accounts 83
4 Reliability and Credibility of Young Children's Reports: From Research to Policy and Practice 87
5 Emotion and Memory: Children's Long-Term Remembering, Forgetting, and Suggestibility 126
6 Assessing the Accuracy of Young Children's Reports 174
7 Eyewitness Identification Accuracy of Children 180
Pt. III Truth and Lies 185
8 Breaking the Mold: A Fresh Look at Children's Understanding of Questions About Lies and Mistakes 189
9 Discussing Truth and Lies in Interviews with Children: Whether, Why, and How? 225
Pt. IV Children and the Legal System 247
10 Face-to-Face Confrontation: Effects of Closed-Circuit Technology on Children's Eyewitness Testimony and Jurors' Decisions 251
11 When Lawyers Question Children: Is Justice Served? 304
Pt V Children as Perpetrators 333
12 The Development of Male Offending: Key Findings from the First Decade of the Pittsburgh Youth Study 336
13 Child and Adolescent Sex Abuse Perpetrators: A Review of the Research Literature 382
Index 419
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