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Psychology, Law, and the Wellbeing of Children

Monica K. Miller, Jared Chamberlain, and Twila Wingrove


In the early days of the United States, the special needs of juveniles were rarely considered as forefathers were constructing laws, policies, and legal procedures. In the early 1900s, the legal system began to adapt to account for the special needs of juveniles. Around the same time, psychological study revealed that juveniles’ decision-making, behavior, and cognitions are different from those of adults. In the decades since, there has been much debate as to how the legal system does or should handle juveniles who come into contact with the legal system as offenders. Similarly, laws and proce ... More

Keywords: child wellbeing, juvenile offenders, justice, law, policy, legal procedure, child development, psychology, stress, trauma

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199934218
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199934218.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Monica K. Miller, editor
Criminal Justice Department and the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno

Jared Chamberlain, editor
Arizona School of Professional Psychology (ASPP) at Argosy University, Phoenix

Twila Wingrove, editor
Department of Psychology at Appalachian State University

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1 Psychology, Law, and the Wellbeing of Children

Monica K. Miller, and Jared Chamberlain

2 Psychology, Law, and the Wellbeing of Children

Twila Wingrove, and Sarah J. Beal

Part I Legal Actions Affecting the Wellbeing and Recognizing (or Ignoring) the Developmental Abilities of Juvenile Delinquents

5 Applying Sex Offender Registry Laws to Juvenile Offenders

Jessica M. Salerno, Margaret Stevenson, Cynthia J. Najdowski, Tisha R. A. Wiley, Bette L. Bottoms, and Liana Peter-Hagene

6 Female Juvenile Offenders’ Perceptions of Gender-Specific Programs

Monica K. Miller, Lacey Miller, and Angela D. Broadus

Part II Legal Actions Affecting the Wellbeing of Children Experiencing Parental Divorce

8 Hearing the Voice of the Child in Divorce

Robin H. Ballard, Brittany N. Rudd, Amy G. Applegate, and Amy Holtzworth-Munroe

Part III Legal Actions Affecting the Wellbeing of Children

15 The Law and Child Wellbeing

Twila Wingrove, and Jennifer L. Jarrett

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