We examined the effects of interviewer-provided social support and perceiver gender on adults' perceptions of child witnesses. Adults watched a series of socially supportive or nonsupportive child interviews and rated their perceptions of the children. Adults who watched supportive, as compared to nonsupportive, interviews thought that children were more accurate in their reports, more confident, and better able to remember details and resist suggestion. However, perceptions of children's desire to please the interviewer, anxiety, and credibility did not vary as a function of support condition. Gender differences were not pervasive and only emerged on adults' perceptions of children's ability to resist suggestion. Compared to men, women were more likely to think it was easy for children to resist suggestion.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
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Cooper, Jennifer A.; Rovang, Megan M.; and Fredericks, Kelly K.
"Effects of Social Support on Adults' Perceptions of Children's Reports,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 4:
1, Article 8.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol4/iss1/8