Chapter 16. Child Witnesses and the Oath

  1. Helen L. Westcott2,
  2. Graham M. Davies3 and
  3. Ray H. C. Bull4
  1. Thomas D. Lyon

Published Online: 27 MAY 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470713679.ch16

Children's Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice

Children's Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice

How to Cite

Lyon, T. D. (2008) Child Witnesses and the Oath, in Children's Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice (eds H. L. Westcott, G. M. Davies and R. H. C. Bull), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, West Sussex, England. doi: 10.1002/9780470713679.ch16

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Faculty of Social Sciences, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK

  2. 3

    Department of Psychology, University of Leicester, UK

  3. 4

    Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Southern California Law School, Los Angeles, California, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 MAY 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471491729

Online ISBN: 9780470713679

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Keywords:

  • developmental psychologists;
  • oath-taking competence;
  • child witnesses;
  • middle-class homes;
  • parental abuse

Summary

This chapter contains section titled:

  • The Meaning of Truth and Lies: Question Complexity

  • The Meaning of Truth and Lies: Motivational Difficulties

  • The Consequences of Lying: Question Complexity

  • The Consequences of Lying: Motivational Difficulties

  • The form of the Oath: ‘Promise’ V. ‘Will’

  • The Effects of a Child-Friendly Oath on Honesty

  • Conclusion

  • References