Department of Psychology, Whittier College.
Interviewing children in custody cases: Implications of research and policy for practice
Article first published online: 9 JUL 2010
Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Behavioral Sciences & the Law
Special Issue: Families, Divorce, Custody, and Parenting
Volume 28, Issue 4, pages 542–562, July/August 2010
How to Cite
Saywitz, K., Camparo, L. B. and Romanoff, A. (2010), Interviewing children in custody cases: Implications of research and policy for practice. Behav. Sci. Law, 28: 542–562. doi: 10.1002/bsl.945
- Issue published online: 4 AUG 2010
- Article first published online: 9 JUL 2010
Research on child interviewing has burgeoned over the past 25 years as expectations about children's agency, competence, and participation in society have changed. This article identifies recent trends in research, policy, and theory with implications for the practice of interviewing children in cases of contested divorce and for the weight to be given the information children provide. A number of fields of relevant research are identified, including studies of families who have participated in the family law system, studies of child witnesses in the field, experimental studies of the effects of interview techniques on children's memory and suggestibility, and ethnographic methods that elicit children's views of their own experiences. Finally, a set of 10 principles for practice are delineated based on the best available science. Copyright © 2010 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.