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Criminal Interrogation With Juveniles: A National Survey of Police Practices and Beliefs

Meyer, Jessica Renee
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Meyer, Jessica Renee
Reppucci, Dick
Kingston, Paul
Monahan, John
Allen, Joseph
Recent media coverage has highlighted cases in which young suspects were wrongly convicted because they provided interrogation-induced false confessions. Although youth may be more highly suggestible and easily influenced by authority than adults, police are trained to use the same psychologically coercive and deceptive tactics with youth as with adults. This investigation is the first standard, large-scale documentation of the reported interrogation practices of law enforcement professionals, police beliefs about the reliability of these techniques and their knowledge of child development. Participants were 1,828 law enforcement officers who completed surveys about interrogation procedures and developmental issues pertaining to youth. Results indicated that (1) while police acknowledge some developmental differences between youth and adults and how these developmental limitations may affect the reliability of reports obtained from young suspects in interrogation, there were indications that (2) police do not seem to apply this fundamental developmental knowledge to their reported practices in the interrogation context and (3) their general view is that youth can be dealt with in the same manner as adults. Note: Abstract extracted from PDF text
Date Received
University of Virginia, Department of Psychology, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2007
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PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
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