The ability of juvenile offenders to take decisions in the context of assessing criminal procedural capacity



The article presents various approaches to the issue of determining the ability of juvenile offenders to make decisions. The relevance of the study of this problem is due to the complexity of assessing the criminal procedural capacity of juvenile defendants. The article describes the views of foreign and domestic researchers on the issue of the ability to make decisions and its relationship to personal characteristics, presents various classifications of decision-making styles. Neuropsychological aspects of the ability to make decisions and its formation at different age stages are considered. Despite a large number of works in this area, an integrative approach to the study of the ability to make decisions by juvenile offenders, covering both cognitive and personal aspects, is not currently available in the literature. Comprehensive acquaintance with theoretical approaches to the study of the issue is necessary for the further development of a holistic conceptual approach to the study of the problem of the ability to make decisions by juvenile offenders.

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Keywords: decision-making, juvenile delinquents, criminal procedural capacity.

Journal rubric: Legal Psychology of Childhood

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Fedonkina A.A. The ability of juvenile offenders to take decisions in the context of assessing criminal procedural capacity [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2018. Vol. 8, no. 2, pp. 164–176. DOI: 10.17759/psylaw.2018080213. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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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:, e-mail:



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