Exploring the Role of Parental Hearsay when Children Witness a Crime

Dawson, Alannah J. (2016) Exploring the Role of Parental Hearsay when Children Witness a Crime. Bachelor's thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

In cases of potential child abuse, parents may provide hearsay testimony on behalf of a child, retelling events from the child’s perspective. However, according to the limited research that exists, parents may have a negative impact on their child’s memory of an event (Principe, DiPuppo, & Gammel, 2013). In order to gain a better understanding of parental hearsay, parents’ descriptions of information children provided in recorded parent-child discussions were compared to the actual information the children provided in the initial discussion and in a 1-week follow-up interview. Children interviewed by parents were also compared to children interviewed by a trained interviewer. To date, 11 children between the ages of 6-9 years have been assessed. While the current sample size was too small to yield many significant results, graphs and effect sizes suggest there are differences in memory accuracy and completeness between parents and children and across children’s interview condition. Whether hearsay testimony or children’s testimony is preferable may depend on how suggestive the initial parent-child discussion is.

Item Type: Thesis (Bachelor's)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12176
Item ID: 12176
Additional Information: “Includes bibliographical references (pages 28-30)”
Department(s): Grenfell Campus > Division of Social Science > Psychology
Grenfell Campus > Division of Social Science
Date: 2016
Date Type: Submission

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