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Preserving the past: an early interview improves delayed event memory in children with intellectual disabilities

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2015
<mark>Journal</mark>Child Development
Issue number4
Number of pages17
Pages (from-to)1031-1047
Publication statusPublished
Early online date15/04/15
Original languageEnglish


The influence of an early interview on children’s (N = 194) later recall of an experienced event was examined in children with mild and moderate intellectual disabilities (CWID; 7–12 years) and typically developing (TD) children matched for chronological (7–12 years) or mental (4–9 years) age. Children previously interviewed were more informative, more accurate, and less suggestible. CWID (mild) recalled as much information as TD mental age matches, and were as accurate as TD chronological age matches. CWID (moderate) recalled less than TD mental age matches but were as accurate. Interviewers should elicit CWID’s recall as early as possi- ble and consider developmental level and severity of impairments when evaluating eyewitness testimony.