Contributions of Psychology to the Juvenile Justice System

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In assembling this Handbook, however, our primary goal was not simply to overview most of these contributions. Rather, we approach this topic with the view that psychology’s most important contributions to juvenile justice are interdisciplinary and empirical. One cannot expect to make meaningful contributions to our legal system without recognizing the nature and structure of applicable law. Within that context, however, are questions about why and how frequently adolescents become involved in offending, how long they continue, what influences serve as risk and protective factors, how such adolescents might be assessed and rehabilitated in relevant and effective ways, and how important information about human development, assessment, and intervention might best be conveyed to juvenile justice professionals.
Many of these questions are clearly interdisciplinary in scope. This Handbook provides relevant information from different specializations within psychology, including clinical, developmental, educational, family, forensic, and social. But it also includes perspectives from other behavioral sciences (e.g., sociology, criminology), natural sciences (biology) and mental health professions (e.g., psychiatry, social work) in the attempt to identify the most important sources of information to address the major questions on which we focus.
These questions are also…
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