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Interviewing preschoolers: Facilitators and barriers to young children's legal testimony

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Title: Interviewing preschoolers: Facilitators and barriers to young children's legal testimony
Authors: Magnusson, Mikaela
Issue Date: 19-Nov-2020
University: Göteborgs universitet. Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten
University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Social Sciences
Institution: Department of Psychology ; Psykologiska institutionen
Parts of work: I. Magnusson, M., Ernberg, E., Landström, S., & Akehurst, L. (2020). Forensic interviewers’ experiences interviewing children of different ages. Psychology, Crime & Law, 26, 967–989.

II. Magnusson, M., Ernberg, E., & Landström, S. (2017). Preschoolers’ disclosures of child sexual abuse: Examining corroborated cases from Swedish courts. Child Abuse & Neglect, 70, 199–209.

III. Magnusson, M., Ernberg, E., Landström, S., Joleby, M., & Akehurst, L. (2020). Can rapport building strategies, age, and question type influence preschoolers’ disclosures of adult wrongdoing? Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 61, 393–401.

IV. Magnusson, M., Joleby, M., Ernberg, E., Akehurst, L., Korkman, J., & Landström, S. (in press). Preschoolers’ true and false reports: Comparing effects of the Sequential Interview and NICHD protocol. Legal and Criminological Psychology.

V. Magnusson, M., Ernberg, E., Landström, S., Joleby, M., Akehurst, L., Korkman, J., & Ask, K. (2020). Effects of drawings on preschoolers’ statements of self-experienced and non-experienced events. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Date of Defence: 2020-12-11
Disputation: Fredagen den 11 december 2020, klockan 9.00 i sal F1, Psykologiska institutionen, Haraldsgatan 1, Göteborg
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Publication type: Doctoral thesis
Series/Report no.: Doctoral Dissertation
Keywords: child testimony
investigative interview
criminal investigation
child witness
Abstract: Children’s testimonies are often vital during criminal investigations of alleged maltreatment. The aim of this thesis was to improve our understanding of forensic interviews with preschool-aged children (aged 3 to 6 years). Study I consisted of a mixed-methods survey of 88 specialist child interviewers. Preschoolers were described as particularly challenging to interview due to their limited verbal abilities, short attention spans, and insufficient memory. The practitioners described various mod... more
ISBN: 978-91-8009-132-9 (Print)
978-91-8009-133-6 (PDF)
ISSN: 1101-718X
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