A recent MSUToday article entitled “Mothers’ lack of legal knowledge linked to juvenile re-offending” highlights the findings of SCJ Assistant Professor Caitlin Cavanagh, who studied whether youth are more likely to re-offend if their mothers do not participate in or are unfamiliar with the legal process.
What they don’t know CAN hurt them: Mothers’ legal knowledge and youth re-offending was co-authored with Elizabeth Cauffman (Associate Professor, University of California-Irvine) and published online in Psychology, Public Policy and Law.
Caitlin Cavanagh is an assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University. Broadly, her research focuses on the intersections of psychology and the law, and how social contexts shape adolescent behavior. A developmental psychologist by training, she is particularly interested in the dynamic parent-child relationship. Her program of research seeks to produce developmentally sound research that can improve how the juvenile justice system interfaces with youth and their families.