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Citation

Eisen ML, Goodman GS, Qin J, Davis S, Crayton J. Dev. Psychol. 2007; 43(6): 1275-1294.

Affiliation

Department of Psychology, California State University, Davis CA 95616,USA. ggoodman@ucdavis.edu

Copyright

(Copyright © 2007, American Psychological Association)

DOI

10.1037/0012-1649.43.6.1275

PMID

18020811

Abstract

Memory, suggestibility, stress arousal, and trauma-related psychopathology were examined in 328 3- to 16-year-olds involved in forensic investigations of abuse and neglect. Children's memory and suggestibility were assessed for a medical examination and venipuncture. Being older and scoring higher in cognitive functioning were related to fewer inaccuracies. In addition, cortisol level and trauma symptoms in children who reported more dissociative tendencies were associated with increased memory error, whereas cortisol level and trauma symptoms were not associated with increased error for children who reported fewer dissociative tendencies. Sexual and/or physical abuse predicted greater accuracy. The study contributes important new information to scientific understanding of maltreatment, psychopathology, and eyewitness memory in children.


Language: en

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