In the United States, an increase in the frequency of juveniles being transferred to adult criminal court, and an increase in the severity of criminal penalties, has increased the importance of the careful assessment of juvenile competency to stand trial (CST). While juveniles can be found incompetent to stand trial based on their developmental immaturity and the same factors of mental illness and intellectual disability used to determine adult competency to stand trial, state laws significantly vary in how they address juvenile CST and provide for developmental immaturity as a basis for IST. This presentation examines changes in the juvenile justice system increasing attention to the understanding and assessment of juvenile CST and discusses the important role of developmental neuroscience in increasing the understanding and assessment of issues impacting juvenile CST.
**This content was captured at the 2016 APA Annual Meeting and may reference information from various sources and terminology from previous editions of the DSM.
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- Identify and describe the components of juvenile competency
- Differentiate between adult and juvenile competency
- Discuss current conflicts in determining juvenile competency
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Estimated Duration: 30 minutes
Begin Date: April 1, 2017
End Date: February 1, 2020
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Faculty and Planner Disclosures
- Caitlin Costello, M.D., University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Tristan Gorrindo, M.D., Director of Education, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Lauren Douglas, M.D., The University of Texas Medical Branch. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Ricardo A. Juarez, M.S., Deputy Director, Development and Engagement, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
- Claire Van Wagner, Membership Development Coordinator, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
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