When a child takes the stand

  title={When a child takes the stand},
  author={Gail S. Goodman and Jonathan M. Golding and Vicki S. Helgeson and Marshall M. Haith and Joseph A. Michelli},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
Children testify in courts of law, yet little is known about jurors' reactions to them. We describe the first studies of simulated jurors' reactions to child as compared to adult witnesses. Our methodology involved exposing mock jurors to trial descriptions. In the descriptions, the age of the eyewitness who provided crucial testimony varied. Across three experiments, potential jurors judged children to be less credible eyewitnesses than adults. Eyewitness age did not, however, determine the… 
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