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Judges', lay judges', and police officers' beliefs about factors affecting children's testimony about sexual abuse

Leander, Lina; Christianson, Sven A.; Svedin, Carl Göran LU and Granhag, Par Anders (2007) In Journal of Psychology 141(4). p.341-357
Abstract
The authors examined Swedish judges', lay judges', and police officers' beliefs about factors that may complicate or facilitate children's reports of sexual abuse. Participants (N = 562) rated potential complicating and facilitating factors and freely reported which criteria they considered important when assessing the reliability of child witnesses. The groups had similar opinions regarding which factors are complicating and facilitating. Furthermore, the groups tended to regard emotional factors as more complicating than cognitive factors. When freely reporting criteria that are important when assessing reliability, judges and police officers reported criteria pertaining mainly to the child, whereas lay judges reported mainly criteria... (More)
The authors examined Swedish judges', lay judges', and police officers' beliefs about factors that may complicate or facilitate children's reports of sexual abuse. Participants (N = 562) rated potential complicating and facilitating factors and freely reported which criteria they considered important when assessing the reliability of child witnesses. The groups had similar opinions regarding which factors are complicating and facilitating. Furthermore, the groups tended to regard emotional factors as more complicating than cognitive factors. When freely reporting criteria that are important when assessing reliability, judges and police officers reported criteria pertaining mainly to the child, whereas lay judges reported mainly criteria pertaining mainly to the police interview. Results indicate that participants believe that children have the capacity to remember and report about abuse but are hindered in doing so by emotional factors. Results also suggest that police officers may underestimate their own influence on the reliability of children's reports. (Less)
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police officers, judges, beliefs, child witnesses, sexual abuse
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Journal of Psychology
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141
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4
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341 - 357
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Heldref Publications
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0022-3980
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10.3200/JRLP.141.4.341-358
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English
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  abstract     = {The authors examined Swedish judges', lay judges', and police officers' beliefs about factors that may complicate or facilitate children's reports of sexual abuse. Participants (N = 562) rated potential complicating and facilitating factors and freely reported which criteria they considered important when assessing the reliability of child witnesses. The groups had similar opinions regarding which factors are complicating and facilitating. Furthermore, the groups tended to regard emotional factors as more complicating than cognitive factors. When freely reporting criteria that are important when assessing reliability, judges and police officers reported criteria pertaining mainly to the child, whereas lay judges reported mainly criteria pertaining mainly to the police interview. Results indicate that participants believe that children have the capacity to remember and report about abuse but are hindered in doing so by emotional factors. Results also suggest that police officers may underestimate their own influence on the reliability of children's reports.},
  author       = {Leander, Lina and Christianson, Sven A. and Svedin, Carl Göran and Granhag, Par Anders},
  issn         = {0022-3980},
  keyword      = {police officers,judges,beliefs,child witnesses,sexual abuse},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {341--357},
  publisher    = {Heldref Publications},
  series       = {Journal of Psychology},
  title        = {Judges', lay judges', and police officers' beliefs about factors affecting children's testimony about sexual abuse},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.3200/JRLP.141.4.341-358},
  volume       = {141},
  year         = {2007},
}