Teaching adolescents and adults about adjudicative proceedings: a comparison of pre- and post-teaching scores on the MacCAT-CA.


Journal Article

The current study investigated whether teaching was associated with improved legal understanding among adolescents and adults. Participants included 927 youth and 466 young adults, who completed the MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool-Criminal Adjudication, the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-Second Version, and the Wechsler Abbreviated Scale of Intelligence. Adolescents aged 13 and younger were less likely than older individuals to improve with teaching. IQ score was positively associated with improvements following teaching, and individuals from ethnic minority groups showed greater improvements following teaching than non-Hispanic Caucasians. The implications of these findings are discussed.

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Cited Authors

  • Viljoen, JL; Odgers, C; Grisso, T; Tillbrook, C

Published Date

  • October 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 419 - 432

PubMed ID

  • 17211689

Pubmed Central ID

  • 17211689

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-661X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0147-7307

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10979-006-9069-1


  • eng