Detecting Children's Lies: Comparing True Accounts About Highly Stressful Injuries with Unprepared, Prepared, and Coached Lies
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2011
Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Behavioral Sciences & the Law
Special Issue: Current Directions
Volume 30, Issue 3, pages 329–341, May/June 2012
How to Cite
Warren, K. L., Dodd, E., Raynor, G. and Peterson, C. (2012), Detecting Children's Lies: Comparing True Accounts About Highly Stressful Injuries with Unprepared, Prepared, and Coached Lies. Behav. Sci. Law, 30: 329–341. doi: 10.1002/bsl.1994
- Issue published online: 4 MAY 2012
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 8 NOV 2011
- Manuscript Received: 30 JUL 2011
- Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Grant Number: 513-02
In this investigation, 514 university students judged whether children were telling the truth about highly emotional events. Eight children (half female, half 8–9 and the remainder 12–14 years old) had been injured seriously enough to require emergency room treatment and were interviewed a few days later. Each was yoked to three other children matched in age and gender who fabricated accounts under one of three conditions: lies that were unprepared, prepared (24 hours to prepare), and coached by parents. Participants were at chance when judging true accounts as well as unprepared and prepared lies. However, 74% of the coached lies were judged as true. Participants' confidence in their judgments, age, experience with children, and relevant coursework/training did not improve judgments. Copyright © 2011 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.