Reliability and credibility of young children's reports. From research to policy and practice

Am Psychol. 1998 Feb;53(2):136-51. doi: 10.1037//0003-066x.53.2.136.


In this article, some issues, concerns, and research regarding the interviewing of young child witnesses are reviewed. The article focuses on research on suggestibility and the influence of various interviewing techniques on the reliability and credibility of young children's reports. Implications of this research for future research and for policy are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Bias
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / diagnosis*
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / psychology
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic / methods*
  • Male
  • Psychometrics*
  • Public Policy
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Suggestion*
  • Truth Disclosure*
  • United States