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NCJ Number: 113735 Find in a Library
Title: Reforming the Law: Impact of Child Development Research
Editor(s): G B Melton
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 314
Sponsoring Agency: Guilford Publications, Inc.
New York, NY 10012
Publication Number: ISBN 0-89862-278-6
Sale Source: Guilford Publications, Inc.
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Type: Overview Text
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This text provides a comprehensive picture of the interaction between legal policymaking and social science research, examining the legal system's response to scientific knowledge about child development and family life.
Abstract: Both empirical findings and personal experiences are discussed as they relate to the circumstances in which policymakers, particularly judges and legislators, learn about and use social science research. The first section of the text examines specific legal issues including child developmental research as it relates to child competency and informed consent, the use of research findings by the judiciary, and the ways in which such information is disseminated. The next section examines the means of diffusion of information through legal audiences: information networks used by the Congress, the educational and research programs of the Federal Judicial Center, and periodicals read by juvenile court judges and probation officers. The final section examines ethical and practical issues related to the dissemination of policy-relevant research data, such as, barriers to dissemination stemming from court procedures and ways to overcome them, the role of amicus curiae briefs in introducing child development and social science information into the appellate process, problems in judicial notice mechanisms for information dissemination, means for enhancing judicial notice crucial ethical and professional issues raised by researchers' participation in policymaking, and guidelines for effective information dissemination. Chapter references and index. See NCJ-113736-113745 for individual articles.
Main Term(s): Research uses in policymaking
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Federal Judicial Center; Information dissemination; Judicial decisions; Professional conduct and ethics; Rights of minors
Note: Guilford Law and Behavior Series
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