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Young children’s competency to take the oath: Effects of task, maltreatment, and age

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dc.contributor.author Lyon, T. D., Carrick, N., & Quas, J. A.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-11-21T18:24:51Z
dc.date.available 2014-11-21T18:24:51Z
dc.date.issued 2010
dc.identifier.citation Lyon, T. D., Carrick, N., & Quas, J. A. (2010). Young children’s competency to take the oath: Effects of task, maltreatment, and age. Law and Human Behavior, 34(2), 141-149. en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3280924/
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11212/1868
dc.description.abstract This study examined maltreated and non-maltreated children’s (N = 183) emerging understanding of “truth” and “lie,” terms about which they are quizzed to qualify as competent to testify. Four- to six-year-old children were asked to accept or reject true and false (T/F) statements, label T/F statements as the “truth” or “a lie,” label T/F statements as “good” or “bad,” and label “truth” and “lie” as “good” or “bad.” The youngest children were at ceiling in accepting/rejecting T/F statements. The labeling tasks revealed improvement with age and children performed similarly across the tasks. Most children were better able to evaluate “truth” than “lie.” Maltreated children exhibited somewhat different response patterns, suggesting greater sensitivity to the immorality of lying. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Law and Human Behavior en_US
dc.subject child witness en_US
dc.subject child maltreatment en_US
dc.subject oath en_US
dc.subject competency examination en_US
dc.subject cognitive development en_US
dc.subject moral development en_US
dc.title Young children’s competency to take the oath: Effects of task, maltreatment, and age en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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