Title

The assessment of interrogative suggestibility in adolescents: modalities, gender, and cognitive control

Publication Date

2004

Document Type

Article

Abstract

Forty-two fifth and sixth grade students with a mean age of 11.63 years participated in this study to examine the relationship between visual memory, interrogative suggestibility, attention, and gender. Ss were given the Gudjonsson Suggestibility Scale II (GSS 2), the Cognitive Control Battery (CCB) to measure attention and memory, and were shown a video segment from a popular children's show. Results showed a significant negative relationship between yielding to suggestive questions (yield) and interpersonal pressure (shift) on the GSS 2 and visual memory scores on the CCB. No significant relationship was found between distractibility and suggestibility. Moreover, females were more likely to yield to misleading questions pertaining to the video. The notion of measuring interrogative suggestibility with different perceptual modalities and forensic applications are discussed.

Original Citation

Calicchia, J. A., & Santostefano, S. (2004). The assessment of interrogative suggestibility in adolescents: modalities, gender, and cognitive control. North American Journal of Psychology, 6(1), 1-12.