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Obtaining evidence from child witnesses: the advantage of VIPER parades.

Havard, Catriona; Memon, Amina; Clifford, Brian; Gabbert, Fiona and Watt, Moray (2008). Obtaining evidence from child witnesses: the advantage of VIPER parades. In: Scottish Institute of Policing Research (SIPR) Evidence & Investigation Network Seminar, "Obtaining evidence from vulnerable witnesses", 15 Oct 2008., Aberdeen, UK.

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In the UK there have been an increasing number of children being asked to give evidence as witnesses in criminal cases and view video lineups to identify perpetrators, however little research has investigated how well children perform using this type of identification procedure. In this study children aged 6-8 and 13-14 years witnessed a staged event where an unfamiliar man interrupted a classroom or assembly and several days later were asked to identify the man from either a video or photographic lineup. For some lineups the target was present (target present) whereas for others the target was not (target absent). The results found an advantage for the target absent video lineups over the photographic lineups, but only for adolescents.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Copyright Holders: 2008 The Authors
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Research Group: Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
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Item ID: 47858
Depositing User: Catriona Havard
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2016 10:21
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2018 00:12
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