Hearsay Versus Children's Testimony: Effects of Truthful and Deceptive Statements on Jurors’ Decisions

@article{Goodman2006HearsayVC,
  title={Hearsay Versus Children's Testimony: Effects of Truthful and Deceptive Statements on Jurors’ Decisions},
  author={Gail S. Goodman and John E. B. Myers and Jianjian Qin and Jodi A. Quas and Paolo Castelli and Allison D Redlich and Lisa Rogers},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
  year={2006},
  volume={30},
  pages={363-401}
}
Researchers and courts are focusing increasing attention on the reliability of children's out-of-court statements, especially in relation to trials of child sexual abuse. The main goal of this study was to investigate the effects of presentation of children's out-of-court statements (e.g., hearsay) on jurors’ perceptions of witness credibility and defendant guilt, and on jurors’ abilities to reach the truth. Child participants experienced either a mock crime or were coached to say they… CONTINUE READING

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