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Children's ability to estimate the frequency of single and repeated events

Sharman, Stefanie J., Powell, Martine B. and Roberts, Kim P. 2011, Children's ability to estimate the frequency of single and repeated events, International journal of police science & management, vol. 13, no. 3, pp. 234-242.

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Title Children's ability to estimate the frequency of single and repeated events
Author(s) Sharman, Stefanie J.ORCID iD for Sharman, Stefanie J. orcid.org/0000-0002-0635-047X
Powell, Martine B.ORCID iD for Powell, Martine B. orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Roberts, Kim P.
Journal name International journal of police science & management
Volume number 13
Issue number 3
Start page 234
End page 242
Total pages 9
Publisher Vathek Publishing
Place of publication Dalby, Isle of Man
Publication date 2011
ISSN 1461-3557
1478-1603
Summary Although it is extremely important when interviewing children about alleged abuse to determine whether the abuse was a single or a repeated occurrence, we have little information about how children judge the frequency of events. The aim of the current study was to examine children's accuracy in providing estimates of event frequency that were numerical (that is, 1, 2, 3, . . .) and qualitative (that is, once, a few times, or many times). Younger (4- to 5-year-old) and older (6- to 8-year-old) children took part in a single event or an event that was repeated 6 or 11 times. They were interviewed after a short or long delay; some were interviewed a second time. Overall, children were very accurate at judging the frequency of a single event, but much less so for repeated events. Based on our findings, we make two recommendations for professionals trying to establish the frequency of events when interviewing young children.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Vathek Publishing
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30036729

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