We examined the effects of interviewer-provided social support, child witness gender, and perceiver gender on perceptions of child witnesses. Adults watched a series of socially supportive or nonsupportive child interview and rated their perceptions of the children=s accuracy and ability to resist the interviewer=s suggestions. Women thought it was easier for children to resist suggestion than did men. Further, Supportiveness of the interview interacted with child witness gender to affect adults= perceptions of children=s credibility and ability to resist suggestion In general, perceptions of girls were more positive when they were interviewed in a supportive manner; however, perceptions of boys were more positive when they were interviewed in a nonsupportive manner.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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Miller, Dana L.; Meinders, Benjamin M.; and Davis, Suzanne L.
"Effects of Interviewer Support, Child Gender, and Perceiver Gender on Adults' Perceptions of Child Eyewitnesses,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 5:
1, Article 21.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol5/iss1/21