Context and cue cards in young children's testimony: a comparison of brief narrative elaboration and context reinstatement.

Abstract

In a comparison of interview procedures that aimed to assist retrieval strategies in children's event recall, 72 children aged 4-6 years were questioned about a witnessed event. Context reinstatement and brief narrative elaboration (an abbreviated version of K. J. Saywitz and L. Snyder's [1996] procedure) produced similar levels of correct recall, and both elicited more correct recall than did a control condition, with no increase in errors. Combining these procedures did not further improve performance. The superiority of narrative elaboration over the control group was evident in free recall and did not depend on explicit prompting with cue cards. These findings suggest that incorporating brief narrative elaboration training in investigative interviews with children may, like context reinstatement, be a valuable mnemonic aid.

Cite this paper

@article{Bowen2002ContextAC, title={Context and cue cards in young children's testimony: a comparison of brief narrative elaboration and context reinstatement.}, author={Catherine Bowen and Pauline M Howie}, journal={The Journal of applied psychology}, year={2002}, volume={87 6}, pages={1077-85} }