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ERIC Number: ED400958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Aug-14
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Children's Long-Term Memory for Injury.
Peterson, Carole; Parsons, Tina
This study investigated children's memory of stressful, personally meaningful events--in this case, injury experiences. Children (2 to 13 years old) who were brought to the emergency room of a hospital were recruited as subjects if they had sustained trauma injuries such as broken bones or lacerations requiring suturing. A total of 42 were interviewed within a few days about both the injury and subsequent hospital treatment, and then re-interviewed again at 6 months, 1 year, and 2 years following the incident. To learn the details of the children's injuries, adult witnesses were also interviewed, and their accounts (along with hospital records) were used as the "gold standard" against which the children's recalls were compared for accuracy. Adult witnesses who knew the children well also rated the degree of stress experienced by the children. Results of the study showed that children had excellent long-term memory for their experiences, especially for central (rather than peripheral) details. Also, stress did not affect long-term recall. These findings suggest that the credibility of children's eye-witness testimony to emotionally disturbing events should not be considered inherently weak. (Author/WJC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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