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NCJ Number: 148225 Find in a Library
Title: Psychology and Law: Overtures, Crescendos, and Reprises (From Psychology and Law: International Perspectives, P 3-21, 1992, Friedrich Losel, Doris Bender, et al., eds. -- See NCJ-148224)
Author(s): F Losel
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Walter de Gruyter & Co
1 Berlin 30, Germany United
Sale Source: Walter de Gruyter & Co
Genthiner Str 13
1 Berlin 30,
Germany (Unified)
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: Germany (Unified)
Annotation: The field of legal psychology has expanded to encompass psychological research on law, an increased empirical- experimental orientation, behavior within the legal system, the exchange of knowledge between research and practice, and criminal law research.
Abstract: Legal psychology has become more prominent in research, journals, and colleges and universities, both in the United States and Europe. As the field of legal psychology has grown, subject areas have changed to include conditions of criminality, forensic-psychological diagnosis, behavior within the justice system, incarceration and resocialization, and special crime problems. Research on forensic psychology has primarily focused on how legal goals can be attained through psychological means. This psychology in law relates to the discrepancy between legal schemes and psychological findings and to differences between psychological principles and effects of law. In the context of an increased empirical-experimental orientation in legal psychology, the primary goal is that the experimental ideal of control be more strongly directed toward applied problems. Theoretical research on psychological dimensions of the legal system is reviewed. In addition, consideration is given to research on behavior within the legal system, particularly with regard to judicial decisionmaking, sentencing, and social control. The importance of exchanging knowledge between research and practice is emphasized, and problems associated with legal psychology and its relation to legal science and practice are noted. 109 references and 3 figures
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; Courts; Criminal justice research; Europe; Foreign criminal justice systems; Forensic psychology; Legal system; Psychological research; Psychologists role in criminal justice
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