Setting realistic expectations: developmental characteristics, capacities and limitations

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

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26 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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