ERIC Number: ED250616
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Aug-25
Reference Count: 0
Children Who Kill.
Brandstadter-Palmer, Georgia W.
Although the media has attended to the subject of juvenile homicide, the professional literature on the subject is sparse. To identify a model for standardized data collection for juveniles who murder, 12 juveniles charged with first degree murder were administered a series of tests during psychological interviews. Data were collected on social class, home environment, school, previous delinquencies, mental illness, substance abuse, personality characteristics, and intelligence. The results showed that 9 of the 12 subjects had dropped out of school and 11 were from divorced parents. Four had previous arrests and one was heavily involved with substance abuse, although most had occasionally tried alcohol or marijuana. They were not all of the same racial background, no unusual evidence for violence and chaos in the homes existed, they were not all poor, and over half had IQs exceeding 100. There was no history of mental illness, less than half had previous arrests, and only one gave indications of psychopathy. While none of the information in the profiles of the 12 juvenile criminals is generalizable, these data can provide judges with important background information on which to base sentencing decisions. Future research should examine the usefulness of the information to the judges. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (92nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, August 24-28, 1984).