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ERIC Number: ED111493
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr-12
Pages: 16
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Reference Count: 0
Child Development and Public Policy: Juvenile Justice.
Wald, Michael
This paper presents arguments for a closer relationship between the American legal system and developmental research in such areas as attachment, the effects of early home environment, cognitive development, and the consequences of giving children decision-making power. It is suggested that greater knowledge in these areas would allow policy makers to better consider the consequences of laws concerning adoption, disposition of minors in divorce cases, child abuse or neglect, foster care, and parental rights. It is argued that too often judges and agency workers are forced to make decisions affecting the lives of children on the basis of intuition alone. Developmental psychologists are called upon to aid in making the juvenile justice system more sophisticated and more likely to serve the best interests of children. It is suggested that many courts and child welfare agencies would be willing to work with behavioral scientists in carrying out the needed research. (BRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Denver, Colorado, April 12, 1975)