Measuring knowledge of the insanity defense: scale construction and validation.

  title={Measuring knowledge of the insanity defense: scale construction and validation.},
  author={Tarika Daftary-Kapur and Jennifer L. Groscup and Maureen T. O'Connor and Frank Coffaro and Michele M Galietta},
  journal={Behavioral sciences & the law},
  volume={29 1},
Given the influence of social conformity and prejudice, defendants pleading not guilty by reason of insanity face the significant challenges of securing fair and impartial juries. Attitudes and knowledge of the insanity defense are factors that may influence levels of impartiality. In the light of this, we set out to develop a scale to examine knowledge levels of the insanity defense and their influence on decision-making. Two studies were conducted to construct a scale designed to assess… CONTINUE READING

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