Sensitively Assessing Children's Testimonial Competence

Karen Saywitz
Most courts require that all witnesses take an oath, or at least "promise" to tell the truth when testifying. To appreciate the oath, a witness must understand the difference between truths and lies, as well as his or her obligation to tell the truth. The courts, therefore, routinely question child witnesses regarding their understanding of truth and lies before allowing them to testify. This research project examines the most sensitive means by which to measure...
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