"the boy who would not grow up": maturity and physiological responses of juvenile offenders

dc.contributorBrodsky, Stanley L.
dc.contributorChurch, Wesley T.
dc.contributor.advisorSalekin, Randall T.
dc.contributor.authorMacDougall, Emily
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.date.accessioned2017-03-01T17:37:34Z
dc.date.available2017-03-01T17:37:34Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractDevelopmental maturity is an important concept with serious legal repercussions for adolescent offenders (Kent v. U.S., 1966; Roper v. Simmons, 2005). Recent research has emphasized the neurobiological correlates of adolescent behavior, but there is little understanding of the neurobiological underpinnings of maturity. The current study explored maturity in adolescent offenders using both physiological and psychological tests to assess emotional reactivity. Correlational and regression analyses were used to evaluate the relationship between a measure of heart rate (vagal tone) and skin conductance and several self-report measures of maturity. Findings indicated that adolescent maturity is composed of several different constructs and some constructs appear to share neurobiological underpinnings. Specifically, emotional reactivity appears to be one construct of adolescent maturity composed of several sub-constructs that can be indexed using heart rate, skin conductance, and psychological tests. Legal and clinical implications are discussed.en_US
dc.format.extent71 p.
dc.format.mediumelectronic
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.otheru0015_0000001_0002115
dc.identifier.otherMacDougall_alatus_0004M_11891
dc.identifier.urihttps://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2500
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoen_US
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.hasversionborn digital
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartofThe University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectPsychology
dc.title"the boy who would not grow up": maturity and physiological responses of juvenile offendersen_US
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etdms.degree.departmentUniversity of Alabama. Department of Psychology
etdms.degree.disciplinePsychology
etdms.degree.grantorThe University of Alabama
etdms.degree.levelmaster's
etdms.degree.nameM.A.
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