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Interviewing Children about Sexual AbuseControversies and Best Practice$
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Kathleen Coulborn Faller

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195311778

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311778.001.0001

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Children’s Memory and Suggestibility

Children’s Memory and Suggestibility

(p.10) TWO Children’s Memory and Suggestibility
Interviewing Children about Sexual Abuse

Erna Olafson

Oxford University Press

Central to interviewing children about possible sexual abuse are concerns about their memory and suggestibility. There is a substantial body of research addressing the accuracy of children’s accounts of past experiences. This chapter examines the sources of information about children’s memory and suggestibility, and different types of memory and recall. In addition, it describes age differences, individual differences, the impact of trauma, and the research that compares the accuracy of children with and without an abuse history.

Keywords:   children’s memory, children’s suggestibility, children’s accuracy, reliable reports

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