Perceptions of Child Abuse: The influence of expert and fictional sources of media

Show simple item record Bryan, Austin Price, Heather L. Desmarais, Sarah L. 2009-03-02T20:12:10Z 2009-03-02T20:12:10Z 2008-04
dc.description Poster presented at the 3rd Graduate Students' Research Conference, April 2008. en_US
dc.description.abstract In cases involving child abuse, there are often no witnesses or medical evidence to support a child’s claim (Bruck et al., 1995). Thus, children’s statements typically represent the central evidence for judging the occurrence of abuse (London et al., 2005). However, it is likely that the average person, or potential juror, does not fully appreciate the complex issues associated with child witness testimony. The source of potential jurors’ knowledge about such issues may have implications for the accuracy of credibility assessments. In the present study, participants viewed one of two videos that depicted either a documentary-style expert discussion or a fictional media presentation (television crime drama) of suggestive interviewing of children. Questionnaires assessing perceptions of suggestive interviewing were presented before and after the video. Participants were then provided with a child abuse vignette and asked to provide guilt/innocence ratings and sentencing recommendations. It is anticipated that, despite the documented influence of popular fictional media, expert discussion of suggestive interviewing will be of more concern to participants than fictional portrayals. This enhanced concern is expected to result in increased severity of guilt and sentencing judgments in the vignette. This study explores influences of perceptions of child abuse through exposure to fictional and factual sources of media. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Regina, Graduate Students' Association en_US
dc.subject Child credibility en_US
dc.subject Media portrayal en_US
dc.subject Child suggestibility en_US
dc.subject False accusation en_US
dc.subject Suggestibility en_US
dc.title Perceptions of Child Abuse: The influence of expert and fictional sources of media en_US
dc.type Other en_US
dc.description.authorstatus Student en_US
dc.description.peerreview no en_US

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