The own race bias in child and adolescent witnesses: Evidence from video lineups.

Harvard, C, Humphries, Joyce and Memon, A (2017) The own race bias in child and adolescent witnesses: Evidence from video lineups. International Journal of Police Science and Management. ISSN 14613557

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The present study investigated the own-race bias in British school children using an eyewitness paradigm. 319 participants viewed films of two similar staged thefts, one that depicted a Caucasian culprit and the other an Asian culprit and then after a delay of 2-3 days, viewed a lineup for each culprit. 176 of the participants were Caucasian and 143 were Asian. There were also two age groups, 164 were aged 7-9 years and 152 were 12-14 years. There was a significant own race bias for the Caucasian participants from both age groups, that resulted in more correct identifications for the own race culprit from target present lineups and more false identifications for the target absent lineups. The Asian participants from both age groups showed no own race bias and performed equally accurately for culprits of both races. The measures of interracial contact were associated with correct responses for other race targets and also revealed that the majority of Caucasian participants in the current sample had very little contact with Asians, whereas the majority of Asian participants had high levels of contact with Caucasians.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: lineup identification, eyewitness memory, child witness, adolescent witness, video lineup, own race bias
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Psychology
Date Deposited: 04 Sep 2017 13:23

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