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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Moller, Ilanie
Email heinrich_moller@yahoo.com
URN etd-02232005-151634
Document Title Die impak van ‘n onverwagse insident op die betroubare en konsekwente getuienislewering van die voorskoolse kind (Afrikaans)
Degree MEd (Educational Psychology)
Department Educational Psychology
Advisor Name Title
Mr C S du Preez Co-Supervisor
Prof D Naude Supervisor
  • getuigbevoegdheid
  • voorbereidiing van die voorskoolse kind as getuie
  • incident
  • unexpected
  • ondervraging van die voorskoolse kind as getuie
  • stress
  • pre-school child
  • memory
  • information processing
  • testimony
  • questioning of the pre-school child as a witness
  • preparation of the pre-school child as a witness
  • inligtingsprosessering
  • geheue
  • voorskoolse kind
  • stres
  • insident
  • onverwagse
Date 2004-10-09
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This study focuses on the reliable and consistent testimony of the pre-school child in court, after exposure to an unexpected incident. The assumption was made that exposure to an unexpected incident is stress-generating. The impact of stress on the pre-school child’s physiological and psychological functioning and whether it has a negative impact on the child’s ability to testify in court, is addressed in this study. The pre-school child’s memory, as well as the influence of stress and other related factors on the pre-school child’s memory are investigated. In order to render reliable and consistent testimony in court, the pre-school child needs to rely on his recollections of observations made during the incident. The empirical study consisted of a fake invasion by clowns, entering a classroom at a private school during class time. Directly afterwards the children were questioned about the incident, and follow-up interviews were conducted after one month establish whether the participants’ testimonies were influenced by time, suggestion and acute stress.
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