Understanding children's use of secrecy in the context of eyewitness reports.

  title={Understanding children's use of secrecy in the context of eyewitness reports.},
  author={Bette L. Bottoms and Gail S. Goodman and Beth M Schwartz-Kenney and Sherilyn N. Thomas},
  journal={Law and human behavior},
  volume={26 3},
To investigate socioemotional influences on children's eyewitness accuracy, we examined children's reports for activities they were motivated to conceal. Forty-eight 3-6-year-old children participated in a standardized play session with their mothers. Half of the children were told by an experimenter not to play with certain toys, but did so at the urging of their mothers, who told their children to keep the play activities secret. The remaining children were not restricted from playing with… CONTINUE READING

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