An examination of the reliability of young children as eyewitnesses

Interviewing by the police. As noted above, however, extensive studies in the social sciences have shown that confidence is unreliable as a predictor of accuracy.

Similar to the results reported in the survey of the U. Consequently, even if they were knowledgeable about eyewitness factors, they would probably still have problems assessing eyewitness accuracy. When we talk about compliance in interview settings, we are referring to children reporting what they think the interviewer wants them to say.

In the current paper, concern is raised regarding the accuracy of children's eyewitness reports, because of the above-mentioned factors. Behav Sci Law 8 4: Law and Human Behavior, 29 5 When we talk about compliance in interview settings, we are referring to children reporting what they think the interviewer wants them to say.

Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 60, In other words, police suspect one person of having committed a crime, when in fact it was committed by an unknown other person who does not appear in the lineup.

In their most recent summary, they divided the research on eyewitness expert testimony into two categories: Appl Cogn Psychol 1 2: A meta-analytic review of the weapon focus effect. Therefore, ensuring the best possible reliability in children's statements will help lead to an increased number of rightful convictions.

Celine is a Ph. Since it is virtually impossible not to ask leading questions, researchers have looked at the extent to which questions are leading. First the children were asked to recall what happened during the games. Furthermore, legal professionals and experts need periodic refresher courses to keep them informed about the latest developments in eyewitness research.

Finally, as was true of jurors and judges, attorneys appear to have difficulty applying their knowledge of eyewitness factors to the facts of a case Even very young children are able to resist suggestions, as longs as the questions asked focus on central details of an event or the event itself is of interest to the child[5].

Brainerd and Mojardin used the same procedure, except that they increased the delay between sentence presentation and memory tests to roughly two minutes.

Just How Credible Is a Child Eyewitness?

Between the mids and the beginning of the s, the number of child sexual abuse prosecutions nearly doubled nationwide. Psychol Crime Law 16 8:Children, including very young children, are able to remember and retrieve from memory large amounts of information, especially when the events are personally experienced and highly meaningful.

[57] However, children, and adults to a lesser degree, have significant memory loss after long delays. The reliability of childhood eyewitness testimony has both legal and psychological relevance.

Eyewitness memory (child testimony)

From a legal perspective, any eyewitness testimony can make a strong impression on the jury, thus influencing the jury’s decision about guilt or innocence of the defendant. While intentionally making false statements under oath is a crime, inaccurate recall is not.

This article reports on the results of two research studies carried out by the authors that address the questions of how and how well judges assess the honesty and reliability of children’s testimony.

Published: Mon, 5 Dec The accuracy, reliability of memory and credibility of the eyewitness testimonies (EWTs) of children is the focus of many heated debates. Eyewitness testimony can be defined as the evidence given by an individual in court about people and events of a crime. Eyewitnesses testify about many things, for example, the identification of a perpetrator, which hand a gunman used, the colour of a car, or even recollections of a.

examination of a child, the Model Law provides that such an examination must only go forward if the court determines that there are compelling reasons to do so and where the best interests of the child are a primary consideration.

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An examination of the reliability of young children as eyewitnesses
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