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Big girls don’t cry…but do big boys? The effects of child witness demeanor on jurors’ perceptions of child victims of sexual abuse -poster

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Although a considerable amount of research has examined factors influencing jurors’ perceptions of victims of child sexual abuse (CSA), very little has examined the effect of victim’s emotional displays on jurors’ perceptions. The present study investigated how CSA victim’s reported emotional displays, age, and gender influenced perceived credibility. Participants read a case summary and transcript which varied child age, gender, and reported emotions, then rated children’s and defendant's credibility and defendant guilt. Reported emotional displays significantly interacted with juror gender to predict ratings of defendant guilt, but not perceptions of credibility. Findings have important implications for witness preparation in CSA cases.
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Cooper, Alexia. and Quas, Jodi. "Big girls don’t cry…but do big boys? The effects of child witness demeanor on jurors’ perceptions of child victims of sexual abuse -poster" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada, Mar 17, 2010 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p405853_index.html>

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Cooper, A. and Quas, J. , 2010-03-17 "Big girls don’t cry…but do big boys? The effects of child witness demeanor on jurors’ perceptions of child victims of sexual abuse -poster" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychology - Law Society, Westin Bayshore Hotel, Vancouver, BC, Canada <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p405853_index.html

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Abstract: Although a considerable amount of research has examined factors influencing jurors’ perceptions of victims of child sexual abuse (CSA), very little has examined the effect of victim’s emotional displays on jurors’ perceptions. The present study investigated how CSA victim’s reported emotional displays, age, and gender influenced perceived credibility. Participants read a case summary and transcript which varied child age, gender, and reported emotions, then rated children’s and defendant's credibility and defendant guilt. Reported emotional displays significantly interacted with juror gender to predict ratings of defendant guilt, but not perceptions of credibility. Findings have important implications for witness preparation in CSA cases.


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The Effects of Victim Impact Statements and Execution Impact Statements on Mock Jurors' Emotions and Perceptions of the Defendant -poster

The Effects of Child Demeanor, Source of Support, and Juror Gender on Decisions in a Simulated Sexual Abuse Case

Effects of Child Age and Prior Allegations on Perceptions of Child Sexual Abuse Allegations


 
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