Safeguarding youth interrogation rights:the effect of grade level and reading complexity of youth waiver forms on the comprehension of legal rights

Freedman, Stuart and Eastwood, Joseph and Snook, Brent and Luther, Kirk (2014) Safeguarding youth interrogation rights:the effect of grade level and reading complexity of youth waiver forms on the comprehension of legal rights. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 28 (3). pp. 427-431. ISSN 0888-4080

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Abstract

The extent to which youths understand their interrogation rights was examined. High school students (N=160) from five different grades were presented with one of two Canadian youth waiver forms—varying widely in reading complexity—and tested on their knowledge of their legal rights. Results showed that comprehension of both waiver forms was equally deficient, and systematic misunderstandings of vital legal rights were discovered (e.g., the right to remain silent). There was also a positive linear relationship between high school grade level and amount of comprehension. Potential ways to enhance youths’ understand- ing of their rights and provide them protection during interrogations are discussed.

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Journal Article
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Applied Cognitive Psychology
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84090
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19 Jan 2017 09:10
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Published
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