Assessment of child witness statements using Criteria-Based Content Analysis (CBCA): The effects of age, verbal ability, and interviewer's emotional style

Pekka Santtila, H Roppola, M Runtti, P Niemi

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The goal of the study was to determine what effects age, verbal ability (assessed with WISC-R Vocabulary), and interviewer's emotional style would have on the occurrence of Criteria-Based Content Analysis (CBCA) criteria. Children (N = 68) from three different age-groups (7-8, 10-11, and 13-14 years) made both a true and a false statement concerning a mildly traumatic event. The correct classification Tate was 66%. Age and verbal ability were found to increase the occurrence of some of the CBCA criteria irrespective of the truthfulness of the statements. Also, different criteria differentiated between true and false statements in different age groups. Interviewer behaviour also affected the occurrence of the criteria. It is concluded that the CBCA should not be used in court proceedings in its present form.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)159–179
Number of pages21
JournalPsychology, Crime and Law
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • age
  • CBCA
  • child witness
  • interviewer style
  • verbal ability

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