Age of Accountability Essay

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Liberty University Psych 210 Case Study : What is the Age of Accountability? Tracey M. Harrell Liberty University Online Liberty University Psych 210 Case Study: What is the Age of Accountability? When a young child commits a crime, especially a violent crime, against another person, The tragedy is twofold. The devastation of the crime committed is only superseded by the incomprehensible truth that the crime has been committed by a child, 7 years old or under. Typically, there is a search for the answers to “why” when crime of any nature has been committed, but when the perpetrator is a young child; the world is drawn to, another, most disturbing, question. Can a child of this age be criminally responsible? I believe that in order to be able to logically and without bias answer the question, the development of a young child has to be explored in its entirety as it compares to an adult. The status of the biological, social, and cognitive development of young child, plus the cultural indicators revealed by the commission of a crime itself, explains the impossibility for formation of criminal intent. To understand how a young child’s mind can be formulated and even be motivated to commit a criminal act, but still maintain a sense of innocence and naivety concerning the act and its consequences, an eclectic perspective of human development is needed. (Kathleen Stassen Berger, 2011 p. 57). The biological development of a young child’s brain directly assists the cognitive development of the brain and vice versus. According to Lev Vygotsky’s sociocultural idea, all children have the ability to learn despite of all mental disabilities (p.49). The knowledge and capabilities that are acquired depends on what is deemed important by their culture. To further understand a how a crime can be committed by a young child, Albert Bandura’s theory that humans can learn

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