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Suggestibility in children’s eyewitness memory
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The forensic context of children’s evidence 1. Child victims as witnesses (e.g., child abuse) 2. Child witnesses who are not victims 3
Are child witnesses taken seriously? Cashmore & Bussey Perceptions of child witnesses by Australian judges/magistrates 4
Why not? Beliefs about children’s suggestibility “Most dangerously, a policeman taking a statement from a child may without ill will use leading questions so that the child tends to confuse what actually happened with the answer suggested implicitly by the question” ( Heydon, 1984) 5
EG Police (SK) interview SK: Wearing a poncho and cap? Child: I think it was a cap. SK: What sort of cap was it? Was it like a beret or peaked cap, or..? Child: No. It has a sort of...it flared with a little piece coming out (demonstrates). With a sort of button thing in the middle SK: Was it a peak like that, that sort of thing?

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