The Category of Immaturity in a Legal Context

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Abstract

We presented psychological and legal approaches to the concept of immaturity, and the definition of the perpetrator. We analyzed the differences of age aspects of the subject of crime in different countries, the criteria for establishing a minimum age of criminal responsibility. We discuss the problem of the possibility of lowering the age of criminal responsibility in the Russian Federation from the point of view of psychological science. We considered the legal category of "mental retardation not associated with mental illness" and its psychological equivalent - "personal immaturity". We describe the main problems arising in the course of the complex judicial, psychological and psychiatric examination for the presence of a mental retardation not associated with mental illness in minor. We presented psychological approaches to the concept of "personal immaturity", described the concept of "mature personality".

General Information

Keywords: age, age immaturity, personal development, juvenile offenders, mental retardation not associated with a mental disorder, the age of criminal responsibility

Journal rubric: Juridical Psychology

Article type: scientific article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.17759/psyedu.2014060305

For citation: Fedonkina A.A. The Category of Immaturity in a Legal Context [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologicheskaya nauka i obrazovanie psyedu.ru [Psychological Science and Education psyedu.ru], 2014. Vol. 6, no. 3, pp. 41–50. DOI: 10.17759/psyedu.2014060305. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)

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Information About the Authors

Anastasia A. Fedonkina, PhD in Psychology, Senior Researcher, Laboratory of Child and Adolescent Psychology, Federal state budgetary institution «Serbsky Federal medical research Centre of Psychiatry and Narcology» of the Ministry of healthcare of the Russian Federation, Senior Researcher, Federal Coordinating Center for the Provision of Psychological Services in the Education System (MSUPE), Moscow, Russia, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0313-5272, e-mail: afedonkina@gmail.com

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