A review on individual variables in child testimony: in terms of the credibility of the investigation process in the UK and South Korea

Park, Jungah (2016) A review on individual variables in child testimony: in terms of the credibility of the investigation process in the UK and South Korea. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Children’s testimony is considered as the evidence-in-chief especially in child abuse cases. Thus, the importance of securing credibility of children’s testimony has been focused on by researchers. This study reviewed children’s individual variables which are related to the credibility of child testimony in the investigation process and legal system through only secondary sources. In previous studies, suggestibility had been mostly considered along with credibility of child testimony with demographic factors, cognitive factors, and social-personality factors of children. It was difficult to find consistent results from studies about the relationship between suggestibility and each factor, but there were significant factors which have to be researched more. Individual factors of children were also considered in the context of comparing the investigation processes of the U.K. and South Korea; in terms of how the trial concerns child testimony via individual differences of children, and the way to support children’s testimony considering their traits.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 14:21
    Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 14:21
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/24448

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