Judicial reliance on extra-clinical factors in atkins determinations: beyond clinical definitions and data

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dc.contributor Conners, Frances A.
dc.contributor Switzky, Harvey N.
dc.contributor.advisor Salekin, Karen L.
dc.contributor.author Hedge, Krystal Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:26:34Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:26:34Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000920
dc.identifier.other Hedge_alatus_0004M_11002
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1413
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The influence of extra-clinical factors on "successful" and "unsuccessful" Atkins cases were examined. Sixty-two judicial opinions were included in this study, 31 successful and 31 unsuccessful cases. Extra-clinical factors (e.g. Briseno Factors, activities typical of most adults, behavior in prison) served as the independent variables, and the final outcome of the hearings served as the dependent variable. The influence of Antisocial Personality Disorder on case outcome was examined. Differences in the rate of successful and unsuccessful claims as a function of the state where the case was heard was compared to state trends in the rate of executions. In addition, the rate of deficits in functional academics was also examined. Analyses indicated that opinions were not influenced by extra-clinical factors to the extent hypothesized, and a history of Antisocial Personality Disorder did not predict final case outcome. The rate of successful and unsuccessful claims did not follow state trends in the rate of execution as expected. As hypothesized, functional academics was the most often cited area of deficits in successful and unsuccessful cases. It should be noted that a number of analyses in this study contained few participants across groups, which likely contributed to non-significant findings. Additional limitations of this study and recommendations for future research are discussed.
dc.format.extent 99 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Psychology
dc.subject.other Law
dc.title Judicial reliance on extra-clinical factors in atkins determinations: beyond clinical definitions and data
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Psychology
etdms.degree.discipline Psychology
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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