Table 1

Factors to Consider in Assessing Adolescent Culpability

Appreciation of wrongfulness
Ability to conform to law
Developmental course of aggression and impulsivity
Immaturity: IQ, psychosocial maturity, including time sense, susceptibility to peer pressure, risk taking, ability to empathize
Out-of-character action
Environmental circumstances
Peer group norms
Incomplete personality development
Mental illness
Reactive attitudes toward the offense