Master of Arts (MA)
Faculty of Science
This study examined mental context reinstatement (MCR) as a technique to increase the quantity and accuracy of information provided by children during repeated-event narratives. Children (N = 46, 4-, 5- and 6-year olds) participated in four repeated laboratory activities and were interviewed 4-7 days later about the last occurrence with a control or MCR interview, including both a free narrative and specific questions about the events. Older children (6-year olds) provided a greater number of accurate instantiations (specific details) compared to 4-year olds. Five and 6-year olds reported a greater number of instantiations than 4-year olds, but this effect was marginal. All children were equally accurate in both interview conditions. However, children in the MCR condition did not provide more information than controls, suggesting that 4-6-year old children may not benefit from the use ofMCR when interviewed about repeated events. Implications of the results and suggestions for future research are discussed.
Drohan-Jennings, Donna M., "Interviewing Children about Repeated Events: Does Mental Context Reinstatement Improve Young Children’s Narratives?" (2010). Theses and Dissertations (Comprehensive). 987.