Thursday, November 15, 2012

Detecting Children's Lies in Depositions and Interviews

Child Abuse Defense News by David S. Marshall
November 15, 2012

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Detecting Children's Lies in Depositions and Interviews

A scholarly article on deception by children prompts ideas for questioning adverse child witnesses in pre-trial interviews and depositions.

The article, "Children's lies and their detection: Implications for child witness testimony," by psychology professors Victoria Talwar and Angela M. Crossman, appears at 32 Developmental Review 337–359 (2012). It is a review of research findings on deception by children.

Lying is merely one way for children to make false allegations. Children also may give false reports, even of events they say they have personally experienced, because of memory errors. This review looks only at lying.

The review discusses studies confirming that very young children rarely can maintain a lie. During the elementary school years, though, most children develop the mental capacity to lie well.

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