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Interpretation 

Interpretation
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Interpretation
Author(s):

Antoinette Kavanaugh

and Thomas Grisso

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190052812.003.0006
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date: 26 January 2021

This chapter offers guidance on using the data collected to make inferences and form opinions about the essential questions in Miller evaluations. The first section offers guidance on general matters of interpretation: forming opinions based on data and theory/research foundations, the logic employed, the use of corroboration to shape inferences, and the formation of alternative hypotheses. Then commentary is offered separately for forming interpretations related to each of the Miller factors: decisional immaturity, dependency immaturity, analyzing the offense context, and making interpretations about prospects for rehabilitation. A final section focuses specifically on interpretations related to the legal concept of irreparable corruption.

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