Handbook of Forensic Psychology: Resource for Mental Health and Legal Professionals

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Handbook of Forensic Psychology: Resource for Mental Health and Legal Professionals

By O'Donohue, William; Levensky, Eric R.

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Forensic psychology has mushroomed into a diverse and increasingly complex field that is equal parts law and psychology. Psychologists act as expert witnesses in legal cases - sometimes without knowing much about the laws involved, and legal professionals rely on the assessment of psychologists sometimes without knowing much about how such assessments are made.

The purpose of this handbook is to provide professionals with current, practical, and empirically based information to guide their work in forensic settings, or to better their understanding of the issues and debates in forensic psychology.

Divided into four sections, the Handbook of Forensic Psychology covers basic issues, assessment, mental disorders and forensic psychology, and special topics. The basic issue chapters present a primer on law for the psychologist, a primer on psychology for attorneys, an overview of ethical issues relevant to forensic psychology, and a chapter on forensic report writing. The assessment section discusses factors and measures relevant for assessing a variety of behaviors, propensities, and capabilities, including dangerousness, violence, suicide, competency, substance abuse, PTSD and neuropsychological evaluations, as well as discussing interviewing children and child custody evaluations. Additional chapters discuss eyewitness testimony, recovered memory, polygraphs, sexual harassment, juror selection, and issues of ethnicity in forensic psychology.

Subject: Social Sciences -> Psychology -> Clinical Psychology

Handbook of Forensic Psychology: Resource for Mental Health and Legal Professionals
Publisher: Elsevier S & T 01/2004
Imprint: Academic Press
Language: English
Length: 1064 pages

ISBN 10: 0125241968
ISBN 13: 9780125241960
Print ISBN: 9780125241960

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