Person Description and Identification by Child Witnesses

Authored by: Joanna D. Pozzulo

Handbook of Eyewitness Psychology

Print publication date:  October  2006
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780805881073
eBook ISBN: 9781315805535
Adobe ISBN: 9781317777830

10.4324/9781315805535.ch12

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Abstract

When children witness crime, they may be asked to describe and identify the persons involved in the event. The information provided by the child witnesses may be used to narrow the search for the suspect and eventually to select foils for the lineup identification task (Luus & Wells 1991). Foils are innocent people placed in the lineup as distractors. Children’s abilities to describe and identify persons are reviewed in this chapter and are contrasted with comparable abilities of adults.

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