The readings illustrate important issues in five key areas: child victimisation, the reliability of children′s accounts, truth and lies, children and the legal system, and children as perpetrators. Taken together, they encourage a multi–faceted approach, combining knowledge from biological, social, cognitive and developmental psychology in an interdisciplinary context.
Each paper is introduced and contextualised by the editor, and suggestions for additional reading enable further study.
Part I: Child Victimization:.
1. Victimization of Children: David Finkelhor and Jennifer Dzuiba–Leatherman.
2. Impact of Sexual Abuse on Children: A Review and Sysnthesis of Recent Empirical Studies: Kathleen A. Kendall–Tachett, Linda Meyer Williams and David Finkelhor.
3. Community–Level Factors and Child Maltreatment Rates: Beth Paterson..
Part II: Reliability of Children′s Accounts:.
4. Reliability and Credibility of Young Children′s Reports: From Research to Polity and Practice: Maggie Bruck, Stephen J. Ceci and Helene Hembrooke.
5. Emotion and Memory: Children′s Long–Term Remembering, Forgetting and Suggestibility: Jodi A. Quas, Ggail S. Goodman, Ssue Bidrose, Margaret–Ellen Pipe, Susan Craw and Deborah S. Ablin.
6. Assessing the Accuracy of Young Children′s Reports: Debra Poole and D. Stephen Lindsay.
7. Eyewitness Identification Accuracy of Children: A Summary: Joanna D. Pozzulo and Rod Lindsay..
Part III: Truth and Lies:.
8. Breaking the Mould: A Fresh Look at Children′s Understanding of Questions about Lies and Mistakes: Michael Siegal and Candida C. Peterson.
9. Discussing Truth and Lies in Interviews with Children: Whether, Why, and How?: Mary Lyn Huffman, Amye R. Warren and Susan M. Larson..
Part IV: Children and the Legal System:.
10. Face–to–Face Confrontation: Effects of Closed–Circuit Technology on Children′s Eyewitness Testimony and Jurors′ Decisions: Gail S. Goodman, Ann E. Tobey, Jennifer M. Batterman–Faunce, Holly Orcutt, Sherry Thomas, Cheryl Shapiro and Toby Sachsenmaier.
11. When Lawyers Question Children: Is Justice Served?: Nancy W. Perry, Bradley D. McAuliff, Paulette Tam, Linda Claycomb, Colleen Dostal and Cameron Flanagan..
Part V: Children as Perpetrators:.
12. The Development of Male Offending: Key Findings from the First Decade of the Pittsburgh Youth Study: Rolf Leober, DavidP. Farrington, Magda Stouthamer–Loeber, Terrie E. Moffitt and Avshalom Caspi.
13. Child and Adolescent Sex Abuse Perpetrators: A Review of the Research Literature: Eileen Vizared, Elizabeth Monck and Peter Misch.