Juveniles’ Reasoning about the Waiver Decision

  • Thomas Grisso
Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 3)


In the studies reported in the previous chapters, we examined juveniles’ abilities to understand the Miranda warnings and to comprehend their function and significance in the context of interrogation and subsequent court proceedings. Courts which have addressed the issue of juveniles’ competence to waive rights have focused primarily on these matters of comprehension. But a little reflection will suggest that there are other personal characteristics which juveniles bring to the arrest and interrogation event which might also influence their decisions to waive or assert their rights. Specifically, there are considerable differences among children in the ability to reason or to engage in problem-solving tasks of the type presented by the waiver decision. Thus, in addition to individual differences in what they understand, there might also be differences in how they go about the process of deciding how to respond under the circumstance of an arrest, a police accusation, and a potential interrogation.


Police Officer Time Perspective Hypothetical Situation Juvenile Court Content Category 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Thomas Grisso
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  1. 1.St. Louis UniversitySt. LouisUSA

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