Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

Living Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Self-Incrimination

  • Nathalie DeFabrique
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_1025-3

Synonyms

Definition

Self-incrimination is the act of accusing oneself of a crime for which a person can then be prosecuted. The act of self-incrimination may happen either directly or indirectly. Oftentimes, a person directly incriminates when they disclose information that is self-incriminating during an interrogation and under pressure from another. Individuals have a tendency to indirectly self-incriminate when they provide information without the pressure from another individual and by nature is done so voluntarily.

References and Readings

  1. Levy, L. W. (1986). Origins of the fifth amendment (Reprint ed.). New York: Macmillan.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cook County Department of CorrectionsChicagoUSA