Can a Lineup Procedure Designed for Child Witnesses Work for Adults? Comparing Simultaneous, Sequential, and Elimination Lineup Procedures
Article first published online: 5 SEP 2008
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 38, Issue 9, pages 2195–2209, September 2008
How to Cite
Pozzulo, J. D., Dempsey, J., Corey, S., Girardi, A., Lawandi, A. and Aston, C. (2008), Can a Lineup Procedure Designed for Child Witnesses Work for Adults? Comparing Simultaneous, Sequential, and Elimination Lineup Procedures. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38: 2195–2209. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2008.00387.x
- Issue published online: 5 SEP 2008
- Article first published online: 5 SEP 2008
A study (N = 165) was conducted to examine whether the elimination lineup, an identification procedure developed for children to reduce their false-positive responding, was effective for adult witnesses. Although the sequential lineup is available to help reduce adults’ false-positive identifications, having different procedures for child and adult witnesses poses difficulty for the police and justice system. One procedure for all witnesses would be ideal. Simultaneous, sequential, and elimination procedures were compared. The elimination procedure produced a comparable correct rejection rate to the sequential procedure. Both the elimination and sequential procedure produced a higher correct rejection rate than did the simultaneous procedure. Correct identification rates were comparable across the 3 lineup procedures.