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Elements of psychological maturity and its influence on antisocial and criminal behavior

Casey, Sharon 2011, Elements of psychological maturity and its influence on antisocial and criminal behavior, Open criminology journal, vol. 4, no. Suppl 1-M1, pp. 32-39, doi: 10.2174/1874917801104010032.

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Title Elements of psychological maturity and its influence on antisocial and criminal behavior
Author(s) Casey, Sharon
Journal name Open criminology journal
Volume number 4
Issue number Suppl 1-M1
Start page 32
End page 39
Total pages 8
Publisher Bentham Open
Place of publication Bussum, Netherlands
Publication date 2011-08-03
ISSN 1874-9178
Keyword(s) psychological maturity
juvenile offenders
psychosocial maturity
Summary Insights from developmental psychology provide a useful perspective from which to understand why young people might engage in higher levels of antisocial behavior than adults. They can also be useful in term of highlighting which aspects of development result in young people making less mature judgments. Yet despite this extensive body of knowledge, there is no psychological or legal definition of maturity that can be applied to legal decision making. Within a criminal context, investigations of adolescent immaturity have emphasized cognitive factors, influenced by the informed consent model which places a premium on factors such as “knowledge” and “competence”, with an emphasis on cognitive functioning (e.g., thinking, reasoning, and understanding). This approach has been criticized for failing to adequately illustrate differences between adolescent and adult decision making. This paper reviews the notion of psychological maturity and comments on the importance of a broader assessment that includes psychosocial factors in the face of a growing trend in many jurisdictions to transfer juvenile offenders to the adult jurisdiction based on the severity of crime committed rather than their level of culpability.
Language eng
DOI 10.2174/1874917801104010032
Field of Research 160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Sharon Casey
Free to Read? Yes
Use Rights Creative Commons Attribution non-commercial licence
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30036074

Document type: Journal Article
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