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dc.contributor.authorGudjonsson, G
dc.contributor.authorSigurdsson, J. F
dc.contributor.authorSigfusdottir, I. D
dc.date.accessioned2010-01-11T11:41:52Z
dc.date.available2010-01-11T11:41:52Z
dc.date.issued2009-12-01
dc.date.submitted2010-01-11
dc.identifier.citationJ Forens Psychiatry Psychol. 2009, 20(6):950-63en
dc.identifier.issn14789949
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/14789940903174212
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2336/89114
dc.descriptionTo access publisher full text version of this article. Please click on the hyperlink in Additional Links fielden
dc.description.abstractThis study investigates the relationship between false confession during interrogation and background life adversity. It was hypothesised that life adversity is significantly related to a history of having made a false confession to police. The participants were 7149 pupils in the last two years of their compulsory education (aged 15-16). They completed a questionnaire in class, which included 14 background variables related to life adversity and further questions about experience of police interrogation and false confessions. Out of the 14 background variables, 12 significantly discriminated between the two groups, with the largest odds ratios being a victim of sexual abuse, the death of a parent or sibling, and having witnessed or experienced serious violence at home. The findings suggest that major life adversity leaves young persons vulnerable to giving a false confession when arrested and questioned by police as a suspect
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherBrunner - Routledge (US)en
dc.relation.urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14789940903174212en
dc.subject.meshAdolescenten
dc.subject.meshCriminologyen
dc.titleFalse confessions among 15-and 16-year-olds in compulsory education and the relationship with adverse life eventsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.eissn14789957
dc.contributor.departmentDivision of Psychiatry, Landspitali University Hospital, School of Health Sciences, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Icelanden
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychologyen
html.description.abstractThis study investigates the relationship between false confession during interrogation and background life adversity. It was hypothesised that life adversity is significantly related to a history of having made a false confession to police. The participants were 7149 pupils in the last two years of their compulsory education (aged 15-16). They completed a questionnaire in class, which included 14 background variables related to life adversity and further questions about experience of police interrogation and false confessions. Out of the 14 background variables, 12 significantly discriminated between the two groups, with the largest odds ratios being a victim of sexual abuse, the death of a parent or sibling, and having witnessed or experienced serious violence at home. The findings suggest that major life adversity leaves young persons vulnerable to giving a false confession when arrested and questioned by police as a suspect


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