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(p. 158) Developmental Psycholegal Capacities 

(p. 158) Developmental Psycholegal Capacities
(p. 158) Developmental Psycholegal Capacities

Thomas Grisso

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date: 27 November 2020

This chapter provides a history of theory and research, beginning in the 1970s, on the abilities of children and adolescents to make decisions related to their civil and criminal rights. In this context, the author describes his entry into the field of psychology and law in the 1970s with his seminal studies of juveniles’ capacities to waive Miranda rights. The chapter then inventories the growth of research, to the present, on children’s decision-making capacities in legal contexts. Research has focused especially on youths’ competence to make decisions as medical patients and as defendants, as well as perspectives on their reduced criminal culpability due to developmental immaturity.

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