Child testimony in custody cases: a review

Crossman, Angela, Powell, Martine, Principe, Gabrielle and Ceci, Stephen 2002, Child testimony in custody cases: a review, Journal of forensic psychology, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 1-31, doi: 10.1300/J158v02n01_01.

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Title Child testimony in custody cases: a review
Author(s) Crossman, Angela
Powell, MartineORCID iD for Powell, Martine
Principe, Gabrielle
Ceci, Stephen
Journal name Journal of forensic psychology
Volume number 2
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 31
Publisher Haworth Maltreatment & Trauma Press
Place of publication Binghamton, N.Y.
Publication date 2002-01
ISSN 1522-8932
Keyword(s) child testimony
child custody evaluation/interviewing
best interests standard
child competence
Summary The authors provide a brief historical review of judicial trends in child custody placement. In contrast to the start of the 19th century, by its end, courts took into consideration children's best interests, maternal rights, and prevailing sex role ideologies. Statutory changes began to reflect similar concerns by the end of that century. Modern practices, relying on the best interests of the child standard, also include consistent consideration of children's preferences in making custody determinations. An important factor in this context is the accuracy with which a child describes domestic relations, especially in contested cases with contradictory allegations by parents. Research dealing with children's report accuracy and techniques to enhance it are reviewed, and a description of various practical considerations when questioning children is provided.
Language eng
DOI 10.1300/J158v02n01_01
Field of Research 170103 Educational Psychology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, The Haworth Press, Inc.
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