JEOPARDY IN THE COURTROOM A SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS OF CHILDRENS TESTIMONY

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Jeopardy In The Courtroom

Author : Stephen J. Ceci
ISBN : 1557986320
Genre : Medical
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The credibility of children's testimony is a highly debated topic in America's courtrooms, universities, and living rooms. Does the ingenuousness of children assure that their testimony will always be truthful? Or are children easily misled by overzealous investigators and therapists into making untrue allegations? Stephen J. Ceci and Maggie Bruck contend that the truth falls somewhere between these extremes. Using case studies ranging from the Salem Witch Hunt to the Little Rascals Day Care case to illustrate their argument, Jeopardy in the Courtroom draws from the vast corpus of scientific research to clarify what is most relevant for evaluating and understanding children's statements made in the legal arena.
Category: Medical

Jeopardy In The Courtroom

Author : Stephen J. Ceci
ISBN : 1557982821
Genre : Child sexual abuse
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The credibility of children's testimony is a highly debated topic in America's courtrooms, universities, and living rooms. Does the ingenuousness of children assure that their testimony will always be truthful? Or are children easily misled by overzealous investigators and therapists into making untrue allegations? Stephen J. Ceci and Maggie Bruck contend that the truth falls somewhere between these extremes. Using case studies ranging from the Salem Witch Hunt to the Little Rascals Day Care case to illustrate their argument, Jeopardy in the Courtroom draws from the vast corpus of scientific research to clarify what is most relevant for evaluating and understanding children's statements made in the legal arena.
Category: Child sexual abuse

Jeopardy In The Courtroom

Author : Stephen J. Ceci
ISBN : 1557982821
Genre : Child sexual abuse
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This comprehensive resource helps the reader evaluate and understand children's statements in the courtroom. Noting that in many instances testimony is elicited from children using questionable techniques that may be damaging to both defendant and accused, Ceci and Bruck describe procedures that will ensure that interviews and analysis are conducted in a sensitive and professional manager.
Category: Child sexual abuse

Elusive Innocence

Author : Dean Tong
ISBN : 1563841908
Genre : Self-Help
File Size : 21.48 MB
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With the rise in divorce and child custody battles, child abuse charges have become a weapon of choice, often times false, and it is these accusations that are tearing apart lives, affecting all involved. The Child Welfare system supposedly designed to help children is actually helping children to destroy their lives. This book affords those falsely accused and their defence attorneys, who often find themselves in a 3-ring circus...juvenile, family and/or criminal courts, a vehicle for countering and defeating abuse allegations. The book is a life jacket for the falsely accused parent and inexperienced attorney. Dean Tong is an internationally known forensic consultant on related child abuse, domestic violence and child custody cases.
Category: Self-Help

Investigative Interviews Of Children

Author : Debra A. Poole
ISBN : 1557986843
Genre : Family & Relationships
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Interviewing children as part of an investigation is an act that requires great care. Professional interviewers are coming under increasing scrutiny, and their techniques must pass rigorous review by outside agencies, at the same time serving the needs of children.This engagingly written, eye-opening book provides a practical answer to this dilemma. It summarizes the most important recent research and steers the reader away from controversial techniques. The authors, two of the most prominent researchers in this area, cover important topics such as: the strengths and weaknesses of children as witnesses; the current child protection and abuse-investigation crisis; child development and comprehension; and ancillary techniques such as using dolls. They offer a generic protocol for conducting interviews of children and show how it can be customized to specific cases.
Category: Family & Relationships

Interviewing Children About Sexual Abuse

Author : Kathleen Coulborn Faller
ISBN : 9780199725403
Genre : Family & Relationships
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A core issue for professionals responsible for addressing sexual abuse is how to correctly identify cases. Interviewing Children About Sexual Abuse: Controversies and Best Practice critically reviews the research and practice on the spectrum of issues related to interviewing the sexually abused child. Its chapters cover all the most important topics that interviewers must keep in mind, from the accuracy of children's memories to appropriate types of questions to include to the use of interview aids, and within each chapter is a comprehensive review of research and practice, leading to conclusions that can be used to guide practice in this most sensitive of assignments.
Category: Family & Relationships

Children S Testimony

Author : Helen L. Westcott
ISBN : 9780470851395
Genre : Psychology
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Children's Testimony offers a comprehensive and up-to-date assessment of issues relating to children's evidence. Starting with psychological underpinnings and child protection considerations, the reader is taken through a clearly structured and timely collection of chapters from internationally renowned contributors. Pointers for practitioners are clearly highlighted throughout and a unique, jargon-free glossary of psychological terms encountered in child witness research is included making this a highly practical text. * An accessible review of existing knowledge and preview of new and recent developments in psychological research and forensic practice * An outstanding group of international contributors * Offers a broad scope that considers all the key areas of research and practice
Category: Psychology

Suggestibility In Legal Contexts

Author : Anne M. Ridley
ISBN : 9781118432822
Genre : Psychology
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A comprehensive survey of the theory, research and forensic implications related to suggestibility in legal contexts that includes the latest research. Provides a useful digest for academics and a trusted text for students of forensic and applied psychology A vital resource for legal practitioners who need to familiarize themselves with the subject Includes practical suggestions for minimizing witness suggestibility in interviews Features topics that focus on suggestibility at each stage - from witnessing a crime through to trial
Category: Psychology

Tell Me What Happened

Author : Michael E. Lamb
ISBN : 0470518650
Genre : Psychology
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Investigation of child abuse is often hampered by doubts about the reliability of children as only sources of information. Over the last decade, consensus has been reached about children's limitations and competencies. New for the Wiley Series in the Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law, Tell Me What Happened summarizes key research on children's memory, communicative skills and social tendencies, describes how it can be incorporated into a specific structured interview technique and reviews evidence involving more than 40,000 alleged victims.
Category: Psychology

The Witch Hunt Narrative

Author : Ross E. Cheit
ISBN : 9780190226336
Genre : Political Science
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In the 1980s, a series of child sex abuse cases rocked the United States. The most famous case was the 1984 McMartin preschool case, but there were a number of others as well. By the latter part of the decade, the assumption was widespread that child sex abuse had become a serious problem in America. Yet within a few years, the concern about it died down considerably. The failure to convict anyone in the McMartin case and a widely publicized appellate decision in New Jersey that freed an accused molester had turned the dominant narrative on its head. In the early 1990s, a new narrative with remarkable staying power emerged: the child sex abuse cases were symptomatic of a 'moral panic' that had produced a witch hunt. A central claim in this new witch hunt narrative was that the children who testified were not reliable and easily swayed by prosecutorial suggestion. In time, the notion that child sex abuse was a product of sensationalized over-reporting and far less endemic than originally thought became the new common sense. But did the new witch hunt narrative accurately represent reality? As Ross Cheit demonstrates in his exhaustive account of child sex abuse cases in the past two and a half decades, purveyors of the witch hunt narrative never did the hard work of examining court records in the many cases that reached the courts throughout the nation. Instead, they treated a couple of cases as representative and concluded that the issue was blown far out of proportion. Drawing on years of research into cases in a number of states, Cheit shows that the issue had not been blown out of proportion at all. In fact, child sex abuse convictions were regular occurrences, and the crime occurred far more frequently than conventional wisdom would have us believe. Cheit's aim is not to simply prove the narrative wrong, however. He also shows how a narrative based on empirically thin evidence became a theory with real social force, and how that theory stood at odds with a far more grim reality. The belief that the charge of child sex abuse was typically a hoax also left us unprepared to deal with the far greater scandal of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, which, incidentally, has served to substantiate Cheit's thesis about the pervasiveness of the problem. In sum, The Witch-Hunt Narrative is a magisterial and empirically powerful account of the social dynamics that led to the denial of widespread human tragedy.
Category: Political Science