Legal Questions about Juveniles’ Capacities
Department of Psychiatry
Medical Subject Headings
Juvenile Delinquency; Mental Disorders; Adolescent; Adolescent Behavior; Mental Competency
Citation: Grisso, T. (2009). Legal questions about juveniles’ capacities. Module 4 in series: Toward developmentally appropriate practice: A juvenile court training curriculum. Washington, D.C.: National Juvenile Defender Center and MacArthur Foundation Models for Change Project.
Overview: Module 4 is designed to assist participants in:
1. Understanding legal questions in delinquency cases that require information about youth’s capacities;
2. Knowing about relevant behavioral and social science research that is useful for addressing the questions; and
3. Appreciating the nature of forensic evaluations performed by mental health examiners to address youth’s capacities related to these legal questions.