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Title: The effects of individual and social factors on children's perceptions and suggestibility
Author: Almerigogna, Jehanne
ISNI:       0000 0001 3418 1362
Awarding Body: University of Portsmouth
Current Institution: University of Portsmouth
Date of Award: 2008
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The four main empirical studies reported in this thesis investigated the effects of interviewer behaviour and children's anxiety on children's perceptions and memory accuracy and suggestibility. The first and third studies explored how different interviewer nonverbal and verbal behaviours were being perceived by children. In these studies, eight- to ten-years-old watched video clips of an interviewer displaying combinations of nonverbal and verbal behaviours defined in the literature as 'supportive' (e.g., smiling, positive verbal reinforcement) and 'non-supportive' (e.g., closed body posture, verbal coercions), and were asked to rate the interviewer on six attributes (e.g., friendliness, strictness). The results from these studies demonstrated that smiling and positive reinforcements received high ratings on the positive attributes (i.e., friendly, sincere, and helpful) and fidgeting and negative reinforcements on the negative attributes (i.e., strict, bored, and stress).
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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