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ERIC Number: EJ919445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0022-0965
Children's Memory Reports over Time: Getting Both Better and Worse
Peterson, Carole
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, v109 n3 p275-293 Jul 2011
Injured children (N=145 between 2 and 13 years of age) were recruited from a hospital emergency room and were interviewed about the injury event soon afterward and then twice more at yearly intervals. Their transcripts were coded three ways: completeness of overall structural components of a prototypical injury event (e.g., who, when, where), amount of narrative detail (specifically unique units of information), and the accuracy of both types of information. Completeness components were also categorized as central or peripheral, and narrative details were coded as pertaining to persons, objects, attributes, locations, or activities. Over time, children maintained consistent completeness scores; that is, the overall structure of the event stayed the same. However, they provided more elaborative detail of all types and especially about attributes and activities. Only accuracy (of both types of information) deteriorated. Thus, different aspects of their interviews changed in different ways over 2 years. Implications for assessing changes over time in child witness reports are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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