chapter  2
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Social and Cognitive Factors in Children's Testimony

By now it has been well established that there are significant age-related differences in suggestibility, with the youngest preschoolers being disproportionately more suggestible than older children and adults (Ceci & Bruck, 1993). Of the more than 20 studies that have contrasted preschoolers with older age groups, all but two have reported that preschoolers. are more suggestible. In this chapter, we ask whether there are important constraints on this age-related trend; particularly, whether there are certain boundaries beyond which the suggestibility effect disappears or is greatly attenuated. Thus, in this chapter we examine both age-and event-related parameters on suggestibility.