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(p. 169) Race and Ethnicity as a Compound Risk Factor in Police Interrogation of Youth 

(p. 169) Race and Ethnicity as a Compound Risk Factor in Police Interrogation of Youth
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(p. 169) Race and Ethnicity as a Compound Risk Factor in Police Interrogation of Youth
Author(s):

Iris Blandón-Gitlin

, Hayley Cleary

, and Alisa Blair

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190056742.003.0010
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date: 25 January 2021

This chapter focuses on juveniles, particularly juveniles of color, in police interrogation contexts. A scientific and professional perspective is provided on the factors affecting children in this setting. The chapter draws from the adult and juvenile literature on interrogation, as well as research on racial factors, to suggest that there are unique vulnerabilities that minority and stigmatized youth bring to the interrogation context. These vulnerabilities may increase their susceptibility to interrogative pressures and false confessions. The chapter also provides recommendations for ways to protect this vulnerable group and calls for interrogation scholars to add race and ethnicity to their research inquiries. This will provide a clearer empirical understanding of the mechanisms by which race and ethnicity affect interview and interrogation behavior and outcomes.

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