What is it about?

This lab-based study compared children's eyewitness testimony across face-to-face and tele-forensic interviewing (tele-FI) modes. Though the study found some age-related differences in performance, face-to-face and tele-FI modes elicited similar amounts of accurate and inaccurate information from child witnesses, even after they were exposed to misinformation. Thus, tele-forensic interviews can be a reasonable alternative to face-to-face interviews.

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Why is it important?

Results provide empirical support for conducting tele-interviews with children. Broader impacts include support for questioning children in a range of non-forensic contexts, such as when researchers need to use tele-conferencing applications for online data collection with children.


This study was funded by the National Science Foundation.

Jason Dickinson
Montclair State University

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This page is a summary of: Tele-forensic interviewing can be a reasonable alternative to face-to-face interviewing of child witnesses., Law and Human Behavior, April 2021, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/lhb0000443.
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