International Perspectives on Child Abuse and Children's Testimony: Psychological Research and Law / Edition 1

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Child witnesses pose unique challenges to the legal system, and courtrooms are daunting and alien to children. Timely and truly international in scope, this volume focuses on the techniques and procedures used to accommodate child witnesses in legal systems - and on research investigating the effectiveness and implications of those techniques - around the world: England, Scotland, The Netherlands, Israel, South Africa, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and India.

Featuring the work of renowned scholars from the international psycholegal community, the volume not only provides support for all countries seeking to broaden their approach to child psychology and law, but also promotes justice in thos

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

A collection of international papers on the status of child witness research around the world, legal innovations used to accommodate child witnesses in courtrooms, and research investigating the effectiveness and implications of such innovations. Emphasis is on techniques used or under investigation in the US, and the applicability in the US of techniques used in other countries. Of interest to researchers and practitioners in psychology, criminology, law, and social policy. Paper edition (unseen), $23.50. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803956285
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 6/18/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail S. Goodman is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Davis.
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Table of Contents

International Perspectives on Child Witnesses - Bette L Bottoms and Gail S Goodman
An Introduction to the Issues
Research on Children's Suggestibility - Amye R Warren and Lucy S McGough
Implications for the Investigative Interview
Children's Testimony in The Netherlands - Francien Lamers-Winkelman and Frank Buffing
A Study of Statement Validity Analysis
Child Sexual Abuse Investigation in Israel - Kathleen J Sternberg, Michael E Lamb and Irit Hershkowitz
Evaluating Innovative Practices
Children and the Courts in Canada - Louise Dezwirek Sas, David A Wolfe and Kevin Gowdey
The Effect of Child Witness Research on Legislation in Great Britain - Ray Bull and Graham Davies
Children's Evidence - Rhona Flin, Brian Kearney and Kathleen Murray
Scottish Research and Law
The Child Witness and Legal Reforms in Australia - Sandra Shrimpton, Kim Oates and Susan Hayes
Accommodating Children's Testimony - Margaret-Ellen Pipe and Mark Henaghan
Legal Reforms in New Zealand
Listening to Children in South Africa - Dap Louw and Pierre Olivier
Children's Evidence - Ting-Pong Ho
Mandating Change in the Legal System of Hong Kong
Children on the Witness Stand - Margaret Bull Kovera and Eugene Borgida
The Use of Expert Testimony and Other Procedural Innovations in US Child Sexual Abuse Trials
A Decade of International Reform to Accommodate Child Witnesses - John E B Myers
Steps Toward a Child Witness Code
Children as Witnesses - Uma A Segal
India Is Not Ready
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