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Cross-examining suggestibility: memory, childhood, expertise - children’s testimony between psychological research and juridical practice

Motzkau, Johanna (2005). Cross-examining suggestibility: memory, childhood, expertise - children’s testimony between psychological research and juridical practice. In: Czerederecka, A.; Jaskiewicz-Obydzinska, T.; Roesch, R. and Wojcikiewicz, J. eds. Forensic psychology and law: facing the challenges of a changing world. Crakow, Poland: Krakow: Institute of Forensic Research Publishers, pp. 201–212.

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Although research into children’s eyewitness testimony has become more and more refined findings do not translate smoothly into practice. While competing scientific approaches produce complex results, practice is haunted by polarised debates that divert attention away from child witnesses or even undermine their position. In this paper I argue that an overall lack of concern for the reciprocal relationships between juridical, psychological and public discourses is responsible for this dynamic, which is furthermore fuelled by the fact that the concept of suggestibility has always remained an ill-defined entity. To address this problem I will introduce a multidisciplinary research perspective that is aimed to add transparency to the field by analysing the counterproductive dynamics between theory and application on an international level. Child witness research and practice in Britain and Germany are examined as comparative 'case examples' via in-depth interviews with academic, psychological and juridical professionals who work in the field.

Item Type: Book Section
Copyright Holders: 2005 Krakow: Institute of Forensic Research Publishers
ISBN: 8387425178
Keywords: Suggestibility; child witnesses; expert witnesses; child abuse
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Interdisciplinary Research Centre: Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG)
International Centre for Comparative Criminological Research (ICCCR)
Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative (HERC)
Item ID: 7234
Depositing User: Johanna Motzkau
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2007
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2017 06:52
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