Study Shows Juveniles More Apt to Make False Confessions
MIAMI (AP) - A new study led by a Florida International University professor finds that youths are vulnerable to make false confessions when interrogated by law enforcement authorities.
The study by psychologist Lindsay C. Malloy shows that a third of the 193 participants studied made false admissions to legal authorities. The participants were all males facing serious legal consequences between the ages of 14 and 17.
The study also found that lengthy interrogations and questioning in the presence of a friend increases false confession risks. Malloy says most false admissions reportedly were done to protect someone else or reduce punishment.
The study recommends special interview techniques for juveniles and that interviews be video recorded.
The findings were published last week in the American Psychological Association's journal Law and Human Behavior.
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