Community members’ beliefs about children in Australian Courts

Antrobus, Emma, McKimmie, Blake M. and Newcombe, Peter A. (2012) Community members’ beliefs about children in Australian Courts. Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 19 4: 497-516. doi:10.1080/10494820.2011.615721

Author Antrobus, Emma
McKimmie, Blake M.
Newcombe, Peter A.
Title Community members’ beliefs about children in Australian Courts
Journal name Psychiatry, Psychology and Law   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1321-8719
Publication date 2012-01
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/10494820.2011.615721
Volume 19
Issue 4
Start page 497
End page 516
Total pages 20
Place of publication Abingdon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract The present study investigates the beliefs held by community members regarding child witnesses, with some emphasis on cases where a child is involved in a claim of sexual abuse. Responses to a survey of beliefs about children of different ages were collected from 204 Queenslanders of jury-eligible age. Results showed a variety of beliefs were held, with some differences between beliefs about younger and older children, particularly in terms of beliefs about memory abilities and suggestibility. Beliefs were also somewhat varied in terms of participants' age, gender, parental status and educational level.
Keyword Child witnesses
Social perception
Witness credibility
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 26 October 2011.

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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