Preserving the past: an early interview improves delayed event memory in children with intellectual disabilities
Brown, Deirdre A
Lewis, Charlie N
Wiley on behalf by the Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
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Brown, D. A., Lewis, C. N., & Lamb, M. (2015). Preserving the past: an early interview improves delayed event memory in children with intellectual disabilities. Child Development, 86 1031-1047. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12364
This study examined the influence of an early interview on later recall and changes in children’s reports (N = 194) of an experienced event in children with mild and moderate intellectual disabilities (CWID) (7-12 years) and typically developing (TD) children matched for chronological (7-12 years) or mental (4-9 years) age. Children reported more information, were more accurate, and less suggestible when they had previously been interviewed. CWID (mild) recalled as much information as TD mental age matches, and were as accurate as TD chronological age matches. CWID (moderate) recalled less than TD mental age matches but were as accurate. Interviewers should elicit CWID’s recall as early as possible and consider developmental level and severity of impairments when evaluating eyewitness testimony.
event memory, intellectual disabilities, developmental delay, forensic interviews, repeated interviewing, eyewitness testimony
This research was supported by a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council, UK RES-‐000-‐23-‐0949 to Charlie Lewis, Deirdre Brown and Michael Lamb, and in part by a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, NZ (LANC0201) to Deirdre Brown.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.12364
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/246087
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Licence URL: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/uk/