Emotional, Cognitive, and Moral Developmental Considerations in Interviews of Adolescents for Forensic Purposes

  • Robert Weinstock
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 4)


The forensic psychiatrist involved with the courts and legal system can be involved in many capacities. He or she is more likely to be involved in a treatment or treatment-related capacity in work with adolescents than in work with adults. Except for the most severe offenses in which the adolescent may be tried as an adult, some interest in treatment still is evident for adolescents involved with the criminal justice system, despite the general trend to become more punitive and nontreatment oriented.


Moral Judgment Moral Reasoning Moral Development Formal Stage High Stage 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Weinstock
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of California-Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineUniversity of California-IrvineIrvineUSA

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