Law and Human Behavior

, Volume 33, Issue 6, pp 455–469

Maturity in Adolescent and Young Adult Offenders: The Role of Cognitive Control

  • Anne-Marie R. Iselin
  • Jamie DeCoster
  • Randall T. Salekin
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10979-008-9160-x

Cite this article as:
Iselin, AM.R., DeCoster, J. & Salekin, R.T. Law Hum Behav (2009) 33: 455. doi:10.1007/s10979-008-9160-x

Abstract

This study examined the role of cognitive control in explaining the psychosocial maturity of adolescent (n = 43) and young adult male (n = 40) offenders. We separated psychosocial maturity into prosocial and criminal components, which were statistically unrelated and were explained by different variables. Individuals with higher levels of prosocial maturity were older, had better proactive cognitive control, and had better short-term memory than those with lower levels of prosocial maturity. Individuals with higher levels of criminal maturity were older and had better reactive cognitive control than those with lower levels of criminal maturity. We discuss the implications of these findings with regard to juvenile justice policy and practice.

Keywords

Maturity Adolescent antisocial behaviors Reactive and proactive cognitive control 

Copyright information

© American Psychology-Law Society/Division 41 of the American Psychological Association 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anne-Marie R. Iselin
    • 1
  • Jamie DeCoster
    • 2
  • Randall T. Salekin
    • 2
  1. 1.Western Psychiatric Institute and ClinicUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.The University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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