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Tall Tales about the Mind and BrainSeparating fact from fiction$
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Sergio Della Sala

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780198568773

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198568773.001.0001

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We have got the whole child witness thing figured out, or have we?

We have got the whole child witness thing figured out, or have we?

(p.91) Chapter 7 We have got the whole child witness thing figured out, or have we?
Tall Tales about the Mind and Brain

Rachel Sutherland

Deryn Strange

Maryanne Garry

Oxford University Press

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, numerous scientific papers on children's eyewitness testimony hooked their audiences in with descriptions of high profile sexual abuse cases. The cases were horrific and created panic throughout communities. In the end, it became clear that many of the cases developed because overzealous investigative interviewers were leading children to make false claims of abuse. This chapter reviews three areas of research covering the major phases of the justice system relevant to child witnesses. The bottom line: to assume that they got it all figured out just might be unforgivable. So, have they got the child witness thing all figured out? The scientific research suggests that the answer is no, on all counts.

Keywords:   child witness, child abuse, eyewitness testimony

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