Measuring the reading complexity and oral comprehension of Canadian youth waiver forms

Eastwood, Joseph and Snook, Brent and Luther, Kirk (2015) Measuring the reading complexity and oral comprehension of Canadian youth waiver forms. Crime and Delinquency, 61 (6). pp. 798-828. ISSN 0011-1287

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

The reading complexity of a sample of Canadian police youth waiver forms was assessed, and the oral comprehension of a waiver form was examined. In Study 1, the complexity of 31 unique waiver forms was assessed using five readability measures (i.e., waiver length, Flesch–Kincaid grade level, Grammatik sentence complexity, word difficulty, and word frequency). Results showed that the waivers are lengthy, are written at a relatively high grade level, contain complex sentences, and contain difficult and infrequent words. In Study 2, high school students (N = 32) were presented orally with one youth waiver form and asked to explain its meaning. Results showed that participants understood approximately 40% of the information contained in the waiver form. The likelihood of the rights of Canadian youths being protected and the need to create a standardized and comprehensible waiver form are discussed.

Item Type:
Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title:
Crime and Delinquency
Uncontrolled Keywords:
/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3308
Subjects:
ID Code:
84094
Deposited By:
Deposited On:
19 Jan 2017 09:46
Refereed?:
Yes
Published?:
Published
Last Modified:
25 Feb 2020 07:48