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By Helen L. Westcott

Kid's Testimony bargains a complete and up to date evaluation of matters in terms of kid's proof. beginning with mental underpinnings and baby safety issues, the reader is taken via a truly based and well timed selection of chapters from the world over popular contributors.
tips for practitioners are truly highlighted all through and a distinct, jargon-free word list of mental phrases encountered in baby witness examine is incorporated making this a hugely functional text.
* An obtainable overview of current wisdom and preview of latest and up to date advancements in mental examine and forensic practice
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Of course, sometimes teens arrive ready to talk. Having felt like a helpless victim in an out-ofcontrol situation, they perceive the legal process as an opportunity to reclaim a sense of self-agency and control. In such cases, less time may need to be spent developing rapport. Maltreated and neglected children and children exposed to violence may require even greater attention to issues of rapport than other groups of children (Eltz, Shirk, & Sarlin, 1995). Empirical studies confirm that maltreated children are a t risk for problems in interpersonal relationships (Aber, Allen, Carlson, & Cicchetti, 1989; Cicchetti, 1987; Shirk, 1988).

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They have difficulty drawing inferences about the listener’s perspective, often failing spontaneously and fully to orient the listener to place, time, and person. For all these reasons, young children may depend on adults for direction in order to understand what level of detail and kind of content is relevant in the forensic setting. Often, information is elicited piecemeal Developmental Underpinnings of Children’s Testimony 9 by questions that drive the organization of the material and guide the memory search.

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