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Forensic Psychology on Sexual Abuse - Dictionary of Arguments

Slater I 108
Sexual abuse/children/suggestibility/stress/memory/forensic psychology: Aside from the theoretical significance of individual differences in the processing of trauma, the issue of parental discussion of stressful events with children is an important one forensically. >Memory/forensic psychology, >Stress/forensic psychology.
Children who disclose child sexual abuse often do so to their mothers. The way in which the mother questioned the child during the disclosure and later the way in which the mother talked about the abuse with the child can become crucial legal issues, with defense attorneys often arguing that the mother lead the child into a false report of sexual abuse. Now ((s) after Ceci and Bruck’s Review 1993)(1)) that child forensic interviewers have become more familiar with the psychological literature and with the dangers of leading questioning, they use more open-ended questioning techniques.
As a result, the focus for many attorneys is now on how the mother interviewed the child. >Suggestibility/Ceci/Bruck, >Suggestibility/Myers, >Suggestibility/social psychology, >Suggestibility/biological theories, >Arousal/psychological theories, >Stress/forensic psychology, >Memory/forensic psychology, >Forensic interviews.


1. Ceci, S. J., & Bruck, M. (1993). The suggestibility of the child witness: A historical review and synthesis. Psychological Bulletin, 113, 403–439.


Kelly McWilliams, Daniel Bederian-Gardner, Sue D. Hobbs, Sarah Bakanosky, and Gail S. Goodman, „Children’s Eyewitness Memory and Suggestibility. Revisiting Ceci and Bruck’s (1993) Review“, in: Alan M. Slater & Paul C. Quinn (eds.) 2012. Developmental Psychology. Revisiting the Classic Studies. London: Sage Publications


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Forensic Psychology
Slater I
Alan M. Slater
Paul C. Quinn
Developmental Psychology. Revisiting the Classic Studies London 2012


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