Recounting the same events again and again: children's consistency across multiple interviews
Article first published online: 18 JUL 2001
Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 15, Issue 4, pages 353–371, July 2001
How to Cite
Peterson, C., Moores, L. and White, G. (2001), Recounting the same events again and again: children's consistency across multiple interviews. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 15: 353–371. doi: 10.1002/acp.708
- Issue published online: 18 JUL 2001
- Article first published online: 18 JUL 2001
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Grant Number: OGP0000513
- Memorial University Undergraduate Career Experience Program
Children (2–13 years at time of injury) were interviewed four times about an injury that required hospital Emergency Room treatment, namely at 1 week, 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years. The consistency of children's reports was assessed and all children gave mostly the same information at each interview, although consistency was higher for older children and for injury rather than hospital details. Furthermore, details recalled at every interview were virtually always accurate while details that were sometimes omitted were a little less likely to be accurate. New information that was introduced after 6 months was more likely to be accurate than inaccurate but new information introduced at 1 or 2 years post-injury was just as likely to be wrong as right (except for 12–13-year-olds). Implications for forensic situations are discussed. Copyright © 2001 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.