Setting realistic expectations: developmental characteristics, capacities and limitations

Michael E. Lamb, Lindsay C. Malloy, David J. La Rooy

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    29 Citations (Scopus)
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChildren's testimony
    Subtitle of host publicationa handbook of psychological research and forensic practice
    EditorsMichael E. Lamb, David J. La Rooy, Lindsay C. Malloy, Carmit Katz
    Place of PublicationChichester
    Number of pages34
    ISBN (Electronic)9781119998495
    ISBN (Print)9780470686782, 9780470686775
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011

    Publication series

    NameWiley Series in the Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law


    • Child witnesses
    • Interviewing in law practice
    • Setting realistic expectations - capacities and limitations
    • Children, sources of information - as victims or witnesses
    • Information reliability, and children - children's developmental level
    • Children's testimony - affected by communicative abilities
    • Accuracy of children's accounts - linguistic style and language complexity
    • Children's comprehension-monitoring skills - and misunderstandings
    • Child witnesses - multi-victim sexual abuse in child care centres
    • Kelly Michaels case, and investigative interviewers - children's sensitivity
    • Suggestibility, multiply determined - cognitive, social, motivational variables
    • Marked individual differences - accuracy of information recalled

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