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NCJ Number: 141543 Find in a Library
Journal: Behavioral Sciences and the Law  Volume:11  Issue:1  Dated:(Winter 1993)  Pages:complete issue
Editor(s): M A Small; R L Wiener
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 118
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These eight papers present the perspectives of psychology and other social sciences on issues in jurisprudence.
Abstract: An introductory paper defines the nature of psychological jurisprudence and reviews the three current approaches to the construction of a psychological jurisprudence. These approaches are (1) psychological jurisprudence as put forth by Gary Melton, (2) an emerging jurisprudence put forth by proponents of cognitive science, and (3) therapeutic jurisprudence as detailed by David Wexler and associates. Additional papers discuss therapeutic jurisprudence within a context of changing legal scholarship, the influence of irrational prejudice on legal decisionmaking, and the misuse of social science in analyzing U.S. Supreme Court decisions regarding juvenile capital punishment. Other papers review psycholegal research and challenge current thinking regarding jurisprudence. Tables, footnotes, and chapter reference lists
Main Term(s): Jurisprudence; Psychological research
Index Term(s): Criminology; Legal doctrines; Medicolegal considerations; Mental health
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