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Monday, June 4 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Opening Plenary Session - Peer Influences on Adolescent Decision-Making: Lessons for Legal Practitioners

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A disproportionate number of crimes committed by juveniles are committed in groups, and, in many states, juveniles who are part of a group that commits a crime share responsibility for the offense, regardless of their degree of participation. In his landmark ruling in Roper v. Simmons, Justice Anthony Kennedy listed juveniles’ susceptibility to peer influence as one of three factors that mitigates their criminal culpability. In this presentation, recent findings from research on peer influences on adolescent decision-making and risk-taking will be discussed, with an emphasis on differences between adolescents and adults in the ways they respond to peers. New studies of adolescent brain development reveal why juveniles are especially vulnerable to peer influence. Understanding the ways in which peers influence each other has important implications for determinations of young people’s criminal responsibility.


Laurence Steinberg

Distinguished University Professor and the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology, Temple University
Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., one of the world's leading experts on adolescence, is a distinguished university professor and the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University. He taught previously at Cornell University, the University of California, Irvine, and the University... Read More →

Monday June 4, 2018 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Liberty Ballroom D Ballroom Level

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