|The Effects of Long Delays||88|
|Suggestion from Stereotypes||96|
|Interviewing Vulnerable Witnesses||99|
|Contributions from Cognitive Psychology||100|
|Contributions from Social Psychology||101|
|Summary and Conclusion||106|
Just 20 years ago, there had been published very few quality psychological studies on the interviewing of child witnesses (see Loftus & Davies, 1984, for a review). In the next 10 years, the situation improved a little so that the body of such research (plus useful ideas derived from developmental, cognitive and other “core areas” of psychology) was sufficient to enable the government in England and Wales to produce an official guidance document entitled Memorandum of Good Practice on Video Recorded Interviews with Children for Criminal Proceedings (Home Office and Department of Health 1992), which the third author of the present book and a professor of law (Diane Birch) were commissioned to draft (Bull, 1992, 1996). However, in the last 10 years, the number of high-quality psychological studies on this topic has grown to several thousand (for a comprehensive review, see Westcott, Davies & Bull, 2002; for a series of seminal papers see Bull, 2001).
In this chapter, space permits us to provide only an overview of a few of the major current research topics on interviewing children (for a wider view of child