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Children's Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice, 2nd Edition



Children's Testimony: A Handbook of Psychological Research and Forensic Practice, 2nd Edition



The second edition of Children’s Testimony is a fully up-to-date resource for practitioners and researchers working in forensic contexts and concerned with children's ability to provide reliable testimony about abuse.
  • Written for both practitioners and researchers working in forensic contexts, including investigative interviewers, police officers, lawyers, judges, expert witnesses, and social workers
  • Explores a range of issues involved with children's testimony and their ability to provide reliable testimony about experienced or witnessed events, including abuse
  • Avoids jargon and highly technical language
  • Includes a comprehensive range of contributions from an international group of practitioners and researchers to ensure topicality and relevance

Series Preface.


1 Developmentally Sensitive Interviewing for Legal Purposes (Lindsay C. Malloy, David J. La Rooy, Michael E. Lamb, and Carmit Katz).

2 Setting Realistic Expectations: Developmental Characteristics, Capacities and Limitations (Michael E. Lamb, Lindsay C. Malloy, and David J. La Rooy).

3 The Development of Memory in Childhood (David J. La Rooy, Lindsay C. Malloy, and Michael E. Lamb).

4 Assessing the Competency of Child Witnesses: Best Practice Informed by Psychology and Law (Thomas D. Lyon).

5 Planning the Interview (Kevin Smith and Rebecca Milne).

6 Rapport Building in Investigative Interviews of Children (Irit Hershkowitz).

7 Practice Narratives (Kim P. Roberts, Sonja P. Brubacher, Martine B. Powell, and Heather L. Price).

8 Investigating Substantive Issues (Yael Orbach and Margaret-Ellen Pipe).

9 Reviewing the Case (Post-interview) (Trond Myklebust and Gavin E. Oxburgh).

10 Managing Children’s Emotional and Clinical Needs (Kathryn Kuehnle and Mary Connell).

11 Training Forensic Interviewers (Heather Stewart, Carmit Katz, and David J. La Rooy).

12 The Use of Supplementary Techniques in Forensic Interviews with Children (Deirdre A. Brown).

13 Children with Intellectual Disabilities and Developmental Disorders (Lucy A. Henry, Caroline Bettenay, and Daniel P.J. Carney).

14 Evidence and Cross-Examination (John R. Spencer).

15 Children’s Disclosure Statements as Evidence in the United States Legal System (John E.B. Myers).

16 Consequences of Legal Involvement on Child Victims of Maltreatment (Jodi A. Quas and Mariya Sumaroka).

17 Expert Testimony (Bryan Tully).

18 Relationship between Research and Practice (Graham M. Davies and Lindsay C. Malloy).

19 Child Protection Considerations in the United States (Richard J. Gelles and Rebecca Brigham).

20 Facilitating Effective Participation by Children in the Legal System (Lindsay C. Malloy, David J. La Rooy, and Michael E. Lamb).

Appendix: The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Protocol: Interview Guide.


“Academics will value the full coverage of research which is relevant to this topic and professional practitioners will learn from both research- and practice-oriented discussions about how best to help children talk about distressing experiences. Policy-makers should benefit from an enhanced understanding of what is required to enable children’s effective contribution as witnesses in the criminal justice system and it is to be hoped that if prosecution and defence lawyers read this book they will develop a better appreciation of how to approach child witnesses in the interests of achieving a just outcome in criminal trials.”  (Child & Family Social Work, 20 December 2013)