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NCJ Number: 230027 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of Juvenile Competency to Proceed: Applying the Dusky Standard
Journal: Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice  Volume:10  Issue:1  Dated:January - February 2010  Pages:1-12
Author(s): Christina L. Riggs Romaine, M.S.; Kathleen Kemp, M.S.; David DeMatteo, J.D., Ph.D.
Date Published: February 2010
Page Count: 12
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined how the Dusky standard could be applied to juvenile competency to proceed evaluations.
Abstract: Despite the general lack of legal guidance in defining the minimum standard for juvenile competency to proceed, such evaluations are frequently requested. Research suggests that younger adolescents are found incompetent at higher rates than adults and may have unique deficits due to their developmental immaturity. Evaluators must consider these potential deficits when applying the Dusky standard to juvenile evaluations, and make reasonable recommendations regarding the likelihood of the achievement of competence if developmental immaturity plays a fundamental role. This case vignette illustrates how to evaluate and consider developmental immaturity when applying the Dusky standard to juvenile competency to proceed. References (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Competency to stand trial
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Evaluation of evaluation; Juvenile inmates; Juvenile psychological evaluation; Youth development
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