What Did the Janitor Do? Suggestive Interviewing and the Accuracy of Children's Accounts

@article{Thompson1997WhatDT,
  title={What Did the Janitor Do? Suggestive Interviewing and the Accuracy of Children's Accounts},
  author={William C. Thompson and K. Alison Clarke-stewart and S. Lepore},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
  year={1997},
  volume={21},
  pages={405-426}
}
Examined the influence of suggestive interviews on 5- to 6-year-old children's reports and recollections of an adult's behavior. Children (29 girls, 27 boys) witnessed a confederate, acting as a janitor, either clean or play with toys. An hour later they were interviewed in succession by the janitor's “boss,” by an experimenter, and by their own parent. Parents interviewed their child again 1 week later. The boss and experimenter interviewed the child in one of three ways: neutral (nonleading… 
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