Description

Introduction to Forensic Psychology, Second Edition is an original approach to understanding how psychologists impact the research, practice, and policy of crime, law, and justice. Divided into four sections on criminal forensics, civil forensics, policing and law enforcement, and corrections and prison practices, the text examines police, court, and correctional aspects of forensic psychology. Each of the twelve chapters are organized around relevant case illustrations, include comprehensive literature reviews, and discuss policy implications and avenues of future research. Each chapter additionally incorporates research on race, gender, and class, as well as including a practice update, highlighting a timely issue or controversy. The text thoughtfully explores a wide range of adult, juvenile, family, and community themes of interest to students, practitioners, and administrators. New to the Second Edition is a chapter on international criminal forensic psychology, and sections on assessing psychiatric work-related disability, termination of parental rights, counseling prison populations, malingering, crisis intervention in prisons/jails, and child custody evaluations. Suitable as a primary text for courses on psychology and criminal justice, the book may also serve as a reference tool for practicing forensic psychologists.

Key Features

*Provides an integrative approach provides a more comprehensive understanding of the relevant material * Focus on police, court and corrections introduces students to how psychologists are important to the criminal justice system * Presents "cutting edge" issues that prepares students to interpret those issues at the forefront of the field * Presents a breadth of material accessible to students from which they can consider more intelligently their own career options * Case illustrations throughout points to the practical need to understand the material * Incorporates over 35% new material

Readership

Students in courses at the upper level undergraduate and graduate level in forensic psychology; psychologists in legal environments, police officers, and attorneys.

Table of Contents

Part I: Court and the Legal Systems: Criminal Forensics. Adult Forensics. Overview. Competency to Stand Trial. Jury Selection. Psychological Tests and Forensic Assessment Instruments in the Courtroom. Violence) Risk Assessment. Forensic Verdicts or Psych. Justice: NGRI and GBMI. Competency Restoration and Manifest Dangerousness: The Maximum Security Forensic Hospital. Malingering Mental Illness: Issues of Secondary Gain. Juvenile/Family Forensics. Defining the Age of Criminal Responsibility. Children/Juveniles and the Reliability of Their Courtroom Testimony. Sentencing: Psychology of Juvenile Rehabilitation. Family Violence: Homicide. Domestic Violence. International Criminal Forensics. Overview. Adult Criminal Forensics. Juvenile Forensics. Race, Gender, and Class. PART II: Court and Legal System: Civil Forensics. Adult Forensics. Overview. Defining Mental Illness. Right to Refuse. Least Restrictive Alternative Doctrine. Evaluating Psychiatric Work-Related Disability. Duty to Inform versus Client Confidentiality. Victim-Offender Mediation. Juvenile Forensics. Overview. Children/Juveniles and the Reliability of Their Courtroom Testimony. Best Interests of the Child Doctrine. Termination of Parental Rights. Family Forensics. Overview. Child Custody Evaluations. Family Trauma and the Cycle of Crime. Impact of Mental Health Law Doctrines on Families: Pa

Details

No. of pages:
600
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2005
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Print ISBN:
9780120643516
Electronic ISBN:
9780080468532

Reviews

Praise for the previous edition: "Introduction to Forensic Psychology is very highly recommended reading for anyone studying pscyhology, law, the criminal justice system, or related public policy issues." -WISCONSIN BOOKWATCH "The book is easy to read and needs little previous knowledge of psychology." -SCIENCE & JUSTICE