Eyewitness Testimony of Children Article

Parker, JF, Haverfield, E, Baker‐Thomas, S. (1986). Eyewitness Testimony of Children . JOURNAL OF APPLIED SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY, 16(4), 287-302. 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1986.tb01141.x

cited authors

  • Parker, JF; Haverfield, E; Baker‐Thomas, S

abstract

  • The effects of age of witness and age of suspect on eyewitness testimony were investigated. Forty‐eight elementary‐school children and forty‐eight college students viewed a slide sequence of a mock crime. This was followed by photo identification of the suspect, descriptive and peripheral objective questions related to the crime, and a second photo identification of the suspect. The results indicated that descriptive questions were answered better than peripheral questions by adults, whereas there was no difference between question types for children. Children and adults were equally accurate in photo identification per se, but children were less stable in their choices from test to retest. There was no evidence of an interaction of age of witness with age of suspect in photo identification. Copyright © 1986, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserved

publication date

  • January 1, 1986

published in

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start page

  • 287

end page

  • 302

volume

  • 16

issue

  • 4