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NCJ Number: 155565 Find in a Library
Title: Is This Man Your Daddy? Suggestibility in Children's Eyewitness Identification of a Family Member
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:19  Issue:6  Dated:(June 1995)  Pages:739- 744
Author(s): C Lewis; R Wilkins; L Baker; A Woobey
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using mock interviews with interviewers experienced in the disclosure of child sexual abuse in the United Kingdom, this study examined whether 3-year-olds could be persuaded to confirm that a stranger who was labeled as "daddy" was their own father.
Abstract: The research was prompted by recognition that British Courts in cases of child sexual abuse commonly dismiss the testimony of 3-year-olds and even 4-year-olds on the grounds that these children may not be reliably identifying their father or stepfather as the perpetrator. The mock interviews involved 17 children from blue-collar families. Five of the children misidentified a photograph of their own father when an identification question was repeated. Rather than undermining the validity of all preschoolers' testimony, the findings suggest that the responses of some children to apparently mundane questions of fact are influenced by contextual factors, including the repetition of the question and the perceived omniscience of the interviewer. Table and 21 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Child victim interviews; Competency to testify; United Kingdom (UK); Victims in foreign countries
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