Journal of Child Custody Special Issue Call for Papers

When Children’s Testimonies Are Used As Evidence: New Findings on the Relation Between Children’s Memory, Trauma, and Suggestibility

Journal of Child Custody

In child custody cases, children oftentimes provide allegations of experienced trauma against one of their parents. Such allegations can happen before any investigative interviews (e.g., by the police or child protective services) have taken place. A central theme here concerns how to appraise such allegations and make certain that children’s accounts are taken seriously. In the current Special Issue, we welcome manuscript submissions that focus on several intricacies underlying children’s testimony. Specifically, in this special issue, the focus is on manuscripts dealing with new work on the functioning of children’s memory and its relation to trauma or work on children’s suggestibility and memory when they are traumatized.

Manuscript submissions for the Special Issue may extend across disciplines such as developmental psychology, forensic psychology, or legal arenas. We are interested in experimental research, but we are also open to review articles.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • The impact of trauma on children’s memory
  • Factors that elevate or reduce children’s suggestibility and false memory proneness relevant to child abuse and/or child custody cases
  • The link between trauma, suggestibility, and memory development in childhood

Submission Instructions

In order to obtain well-rounded coverage of relevant issues, we ask potential contributors to submit paper ideas via email in the form of a detailed summary or abstract (i.e., 300-700 words) that highlights the core findings and method of the work. Proposals should be sent to Dr. Henry Otgaar and Prof. Mark L. Howe at and no later than May 1, 2017. We will also invite certain experts in the field to submit their latest work in this area.

Guest Editors will receive the manuscripts of authors interested in publishing in the Special Issue. Guest Editors will then decide which manuscripts are relevant and should be included in the Special Issue. All materials must be submitted electronically.  Articles deemed appropriate will then be sent for anonymous peer review.  It is anticipated that this special issue will be published toward the end of 2017.

Editorial information

  • Guest Editor: Henry Otgaar
  • Guest Editor: Mark L. Howe