Article focuses on assessment of adaptive behavior as a variable in the diagnosis of intellectual disabilities in defendants charged with capital murder. Specifically, the article analyzes: the history of the development of adaptive behavior; current adaptive behavior measurement instruments used in the assessment of intellectual disabilities; issues, appropriate practices, and potential problems related to assessment in death penalty cases. Additionally, it makes recommendations for current and future forensic evaluations in capital cases.
Stevens, K. B. & Price, J. R. (2006). Adaptive behavior, mental retardation, and the death penalty. Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, 6(3), 1-29.
Death Penalty/Capital Offenses - General