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ERIC Number: EJ810945
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 64
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
What the Stories Children Tell Can Tell about Their Memory: Narrative Skill and Young Children's Suggestibility
Kulkofsky, Sarah; Klemfuss, J. Zoe
Developmental Psychology, v44 n5 p1442-1456 Sep 2008
The authors examined the relation between children's narrative ability, which has been identified as an important contributor to memory development, and suggestibility. Across 2 studies, a total of 112 preschool-aged children witnessed a staged event and were subsequently questioned suggestively. Results from Study 1 indicated that children's ability to provide a high-quality narrative of the event was related to resistance to suggestive questions, and narrative ability appeared to supersede age as a predictor of such resistance. In Study 2, children's general language and narrative abilities were measured in addition to their ability to produce a high-quality narrative about the target event. These results replicated Study 1's findings that children's ability to produce a high-quality narrative of a previously experienced event predicted resistance to suggestion. However, the quality of children's autobiographical memory narratives predicted shifting from denial to assent. Findings are considered in light of narrative's role in memory development and underlying mechanisms that may explain children's suggestibility. (Contains 3 figures, 7 tables, and 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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