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Stress, Trauma, and Children's Memory DevelopmentNeurobiological, cognitive, clinical and legal perspectives$
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Mark L. Howe, Gail S. Goodman, and Dante Cicchetti

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195308457

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308457.001.0001

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Pursuing “the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth”

Pursuing “the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing but the Truth”

Forensic Interviews with Child Victims or Witnesses of Abuse

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Stress, Trauma, and Children's Memory Development

Deirdre Brown

Michael E. Lamb

Margaret-Ellen Pipe

Yael Orbach

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews current understanding of children's abilities to recall and recount instances of abusive experiences, particularly in forensic interviews. It is argued that although the quality of children's testimony is influenced by a number of factors pertaining to the children themselves and the events they have experienced, the ways in which interviewers attempt to elicit information are critical. Even quite young children are able to provide reliable testimony about abusive experiences when questioned appropriately. However, children may need help retrieving, structuring, and reporting their experiences in an elaborative manner, and there are a number of constructive approaches to interviewing that provide the appropriate support without degrading the quality of children's accounts. Guidelines for doing so are elaborated.

Keywords:   child abuse, questioning, interviewing, children, memory

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