The Suggestibility of Children's Recollections: Implications for Eyewitness Testimony

Edited by John Doris
Pages: 193
Item #: 4318081
ISBN: 978-1-55798-306-0
List Price: $9.95
Member/Affiliate Price: $9.95
Copyright: 1991
Format: Softcover
Note: This book is out of print and no longer available for purchase.

Leading psychologists in the field address issues relevant to the reliability of children's testimony. Increasing concern over the investigation and adjudication of child sexual abuse cases has brought about questions: How good is the memory of children for eyewitnessed or experienced events? How does the child's memory function change with age? How is a child's recall of events best facilitated and least contaminated?

This comprehensive volume juxtaposes differing views and frames the debate in the broader context of child development and cognitive science.

Table of Contents




  1. Some Overarching Issues in the Children's Suggestibility Debate
    —Stephen J. Ceci

  2. Children's Memory for Witnessed Events: The Developmental Backdrop
    —Charles Brainerd and Peter A. Ornstein

    • Commentary: A Grand Memory for Forgetting
      —Rhona Flin

    • Commentary: Development of Event Memories or Event Reports?
      —Amye Warren-Leubecker

  3. Preschool Children's Susceptibility to Memory Impairment
    —Maria S. Zaragoza

    • Commentary: Memory Impairment—It Is More Common Than You Think
      —Michael P. Toglia

  4. An Interactive Approach to Assessing the Suggestibility and Testimony of Eyewitnesses
    —Marc Lindberg

    • Commentary: When Words Speak Louder Than Actions
      —Elizabeth F. Loftus

  5. The Influence of Stress and Arousal on the Child Witness
    —Douglas P. Peters

    • Commentary: On Stress and Accuracy in Research on Children's Testimony
      —Gail S. Goodman

    • Commentary: The Influence of Stress and Arousal on the Child Witness
      —Amye Warren-Leubecker

    • Commentary: Response to Goodman
      —Douglas P. Peters

  6. Suggestibility in Children's Testimony: Implications for Sexual Abuse Investigations
    —Gail S. Goodman and Alison Clarke-Stewart

    • Commentary: Rehabilitation of the Child Witness
      —Max Steller

    • Commentary: Issues in the Empirical Study of the Sexual Abuse of Children
      —John C. Brigham

    • Commentary: Sexual Abuse and Suggestibility
      —Lucy S. McGough

  7. Concerns About the Application of Research Findings: The Issue of Ecological Validity
    —John C. Yuille and Gary L. Wells

    • Commentary: Research Findings—What Do They Mean?
      —Elizabeth F. Loftus and Stephen J. Ceci

    • Commentary: The Issue of Relevance
      —Ray Bull

  8. Experimental Studies of Interviewing Child Witnesses
    —Helen R. Dent

    • Commentary: Putting Interviewing in Context
      —Peter A. Ornstein

  9. Assessment of Children's Statements of Sexual Abuse
    —David C. Raskin and Phillip W. Esplin

    • Commentary: Assessing the Credibility of Witnesses' Statements
      —Lucy S. McGough

    • Commentary: Is This Child Fabricating? Reactions to a New Assessment Technique
      —Gary L. Wells and Elizabeth F. Loftus

    • Commentary: Response to Wells, Loftus, and McGough
      —David C. Raskin and Phillip W. Esplin

  10. Concluding Comments
    —Graham Davies