Bruck, M., & Ceci, S. J. (1995). Amicus brief for the case of State of New Jersey v. Michaels presented by Commitee of Concerned Social Scientists. Psychology, Public Policy, & Law, 1(2), 272-322.
Summarizes social science research addressing the issues of children's suggestibility, the primary focus being the conditions under which preschool children are most suggestible. Citing interviews with the Wee Care child witnesses in this case, the authors illustrate interview procedures so faulty that they may have substantially increased the risk that the children's subsequent reports were mere reflections of the interviewers' suggestions. This brief also summarizes conditions that have been shown to increase the reliability of young children's reports, and to safeguard against the production of false reports. The Wee Care children were not interviewed under such conditions. It is argued that the failure to record initial interviews with child witnesses rules out the possibility of reaching any firm conclusion as to whether any abuse actually occurred. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2002 APA, all rights reserved)Link to ICAA Warning: pdf is 5 Megs!