Memory and Testimony in the Child Witness

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Maria S. Zaragoza, John R. Graham, Gordon C. N. Hall, Richard Hirschman, Yossef S Ben-Porath
SAGE Publications, Jan 5, 1994 - Social Science - 304 pages
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The assessment and improvement of eyewitness testimony of children is the topic of this volume. The first section examines factors that contribute to the reliability and accuracy of testimony, including the effects of extended delays, repeated questioning and exposure to leading questions.

The second part describes techniques that have been developed to improve the quality of children's testimony, including interview techniques and the use of anatomically correct dolls, and explores their empirical and theoretical underpinnings. The final chapters focus on policy issues, including psychological research designed to guide legal reforms for accommodating child witnesses into the legal system.

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Yossef S. Ben-Porath, PhD, is a Professor of Psychology at Kent State University. He received his doctoral training at the University of Minnesota and has been involved extensively in MMPI research for the past 24 years. He is a co-developer of the MMPI-2-RF and co-author of test manuals and numerous books, book chapters and articles on the MMPI test. His recent book, Interpreting the MMPI-2-RF provides detailed and practical instruction for interpreting the MMPI-2-RF, the most recent version of the MMPI for adults. He is Associate Editor of Psychological Assessment, and a member of the editorial board of several psychology journals. His clinical practice involves consulting to agencies that screen candidates for public safety positions and conducting criminal court ordered forensic psychological evaluations.

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