2. Setting Realistic Expectations: Developmental Characteristics, Capacities and Limitations

  1. Michael E. Lamb1,
  2. David J. La Rooy2,
  3. Lindsay C. Malloy3 and
  4. Carmit Katz1
  1. Michael E. Lamb1,
  2. Lindsay C. Malloy3 and
  3. David J. La Rooy2

Published Online: 6 JUN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781119998495.ch2

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

Lamb, M. E., Malloy, L. C. and La Rooy, D. J. (2011) Setting Realistic Expectations: Developmental Characteristics, Capacities and Limitations, in Children's Testimony: A HANDBOOK OF PSYCHOLOGICAL RESEARCH AND FORENSIC PRACTICE (eds M. E. Lamb, D. J. La Rooy, L. C. Malloy and C. Katz), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119998495.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 1

    University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

  2. 2

    University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom

  3. 3

    Florida International University, Florida, United States

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom

  2. 2

    University of Abertay Dundee, Dundee, United Kingdom

  3. 3

    Florida International University, Florida, United States

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 JUN 2011
  2. Published Print: 17 JUN 2011

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series in The Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law

Book Series Editors:

  1. Graham Davies and
  2. Ray Bull

Series Editor Information

  1. University of Leicester, UK

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470686775

Online ISBN: 9781119998495

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Keywords:

  • 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

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Development of Language and Communication

  • Suggestibility of Child Witnesses

  • Individual Characteristics

  • Fantasy

  • Conclusions

  • References