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NCJ Number: 148797 Find in a Library
Title: Psychological Evaluations for the Courts: A Handbook for Mental Health Professionals and Lawyers
Author(s): G B Melton; J Petrila; N G Poythress; C Slobogin
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 539
Sponsoring Agency: Guilford Publications, Inc.
New York, NY 10012
Publication Number: ISBN 0-89862-276-X
Sale Source: Guilford Publications, Inc.
Marketing Manager
72 Spring Street
New York, NY 10012
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book aims to provide mental health professionals involved in performing psychological evaluations for the courts, and lawyers and judges who request such evaluations, with a comprehensive guide to the issues the legal system has most commonly asked clinicians to address.
Abstract: The first part of the book deals with topics of overriding importance to the issues at hand: the theoretical differences between the legal and mental health professions and the types of useful information a mental health professional can provide to the legal system, the infrastructure of the law, and the complex legal and ethical principles that control the process of psychological evaluation. The next three sections deal with substantive evaluation areas: psychological evaluations performed for the criminal justice system, issues related to civil law, and the involvement of children in the legal process. The final section of the book discusses the ways in which results of a psychological evaluation should be communicated to the legal profession. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Courts
Index Term(s): Court referrals; Criminology; Psychological evaluation; Victims of Crime
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