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Author Connolly, Deborah A. ♦ Coburn, Patricia I. ♦ Yiu, Angelina
Source SpringerLink
Content type Text
Publisher Springer US
File Format PDF
Copyright Year ©2014
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Philosophy & psychology ♦ Psychology
Subject Keyword Motive to fabricate ♦ Children’s credibility ♦ Cross-examination of children ♦ Children’s perceived honesty ♦ Psychology ♦ Law and Psychology ♦ Criminology & Criminal Justice
Abstract Sometimes, perceived credibility of a child's sexual assault allegation determines investigative and adjudicative decisions. Surprisingly, there is very little research on one common cross-examination technique used to discredit the child complainant; the presentation of a potential motive for the child to fabricate the allegation. In Experiment one, participants provided three reasons for complainant credibility after reading a mock child sexual assault case. Amongst participants’ first reasons, motive for the complainant to fabricate the allegation was the second most frequent response. In Experiment two, participants rated the honesty, accuracy and credibility of both the complainant and accused in a mock trial where a motive to fabricate was either present, absent, or not mentioned. Motive to fabricate had no effect on ratings of the complainant. However, when the evidence against the accused was strong, the accused was rated as more accurate, more honest, and more credible when a motive was present than when one was not. The forensic implications of the results are discussed.
ISSN 08820783
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 2014-04-17
Publisher Institution Society for Police and Criminal Psychology
Publisher Place New York
e-ISSN 19366469
Journal Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology
Volume Number 30
Issue Number 2
Page Count 8
Starting Page 63
Ending Page 70


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