Effects of Social Support on Children's Eyewitness Reports: A Test of the Underlying Mechanism

  title={Effects of Social Support on Children's Eyewitness Reports: A Test of the Underlying Mechanism},
  author={Suzanne L. Davis and Bette L Bottoms},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
Research on children's eyewitness testimony demonstrates that interviewer-provided social support given during a mock forensic interview helps children resist an interviewer's misleading suggestions about past events. We proposed and tested 1 potential mechanism underlying support effects: “Resistance Efficacy,” or children's perceived self-efficacy for resisting an interviewer's suggestions. Eighty-one 6- and 7-year-old children experienced a play event, then were interviewed about the event… 
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