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Truth/Lie Tasks

The purpose of using Lyon/Saywitz Materials for Interviewing Professionals is to assist the child interviewer in “determining whether a child witness understands the difference between truth and lies, and appreciates the importance of telling the truth.” (Lyon/Saywitz, Qualifying Children to Take the Oath: Materials for Interviewing Professionals. Revised May 2000).

For the purposes of use with the Washington State Child Interview Guide, these tasks will be conducted with children pre-school through age 7.

The following is a synopsis of the above-mentioned article by Lyon and Saywitz, which includes the actual materials for use in the interview. For a copy of their article, go to http://hal-law.usc.edu/users/tlyon.

Lyon and Saywitz developed tasks for the purpose of minimizing young children’s difficulties with defining and discussing truth and lies, and to ensure that young children will not falsely appear competent due to guessing.

The first task, (truth vs. lie) evaluates whether the child understands the words “truth” and “lie.”  The second task (morality) determines whether a child understands the consequence of telling a lie.

Give the child four different truth vs. lie task problems. If the child answers four of the four problems correctly, this demonstrates good understanding of the concept.

Emphasize the words that appear in the capital letters in the script when reading the script to the children.

Once the child gives an answer to an item question, say “okay” in a friendly manner that does not indicate whether they answered correctly.

Always start with the boy/girl on the left side of the picture.

Give the child four different morality task problems. If the child answers four of the four problems correctly, this demonstrates good understanding of the concept.

Emphasize the words that appear in the capital letters in the script when reading the script to the children.

Once the child gives an answer to an item question, say “okay” in a friendly manner that does not indicate whether they answered correctly.

Always start with the boy/girl on the left side of the picture.

If the child shows good understanding on the first two items of each task, some of the language may be omitted for the last two items:

For truth/lie task, “one will tell a lie and one will tell the truth,” may be omitted.

For morality task, “well, one of these girls/boys is going to get in trouble for what she/he says,” may be omitted.

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