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Age of criminal responsibility community attitudes and developmental trends

Devine, Kerry. 2005, Age of criminal responsibility community attitudes and developmental trends, D.Psychology (Forensic) thesis, School of Psychology, Deakin University.


Title Age of criminal responsibility community attitudes and developmental trends
Alternative title Intellectually disabled adolescents that sexually offend
Author Devine, Kerry.
Institution Deakin University
School School of Psychology
Faculty Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Degree name D.Psychology (Forensic)
Date submitted 2005
Keyword(s) Juvenile delinquents with disabilities
Crime and age
Criminal liability - Psychological aspects
Summary In recent times there have been claims that the sentencing of serious juvenile offenders does not reflect community sentiment and legal policies are based on outdated ideas about adolescent development. The findings of this thesis call into question the suggestions that the law's assumptions about the development of competence is out of step with community attitudes and developmental research. The professional portfolio examines several hypotheses that have been generated to explain why disabled individuals engage in sexually inappropriate behaviour. It also highlights the importance of exploring the aetiology of this behaviour. Four case reports are presented.
Notes Degree conferred 2006.
Language eng
Description of original 2 v. ; 30 cm.
Dewey Decimal Classification 364.36087
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30026942

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