Letizia Caso, Federica Soardi, Franziska Paccanelli

The Interrogative suggestibility in school age children: An experimental study on age and interviewer authoritativeness influence

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Keywords: Interrogative suggestibility, authoritativeness, school age children.

The impact of age (6-8 years to 9-11 years old children), and authoritativeness (absent/present) on Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scale (GSS2) scores was examined. The GSS2 has been administered to 147 children aged between 6 and 12. The subjects were divided into 2 age groups and were randomly assigned to two conditions of interview: the first one followed the standard procedure of administration, while in the second one, the interviewer took on an authoritative role. The analysis shows that the interviewer's authoritativeness influences weakly children's suggestibility, while the age influences their tendency to yield to the suggestive questions, and also their total suggestibility.

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