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Handbook of Psychology in Legal Contexts, 2nd Edition

David Carson (Editor), Ray Bull (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-471-49874-2
688 pages
April 2003
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The second edition of this popular international handbook highlights the developing relationship between psychology and the law. Consisting of all-new material and drawing on the work of practitioners and academics from the UK, Europe, North America and elsewhere, this volume looks not only at the more traditional elements of psychology and the law - the provision of psychological assessments about individuals to the courts - but also many of the recent developments, such as the interaction between psychologists and other professionals, decision-making by judges and juries, and the shaping of social policy and political debate.

Contemporary and authoritative in its scope, the second edition of The Handbook of Psychology in Legal Contexts will again prove to be a valuable resource for scholars and students, as well as being a vital tool for all professionals working in the field.
* Well known editors and an international list of authors, most of whom are leaders in their field
* Focus on psychological concepts and knowledge that will enlighten best practice and research
* The focus on process and issues ensures that the book is not limited in interest by specific legal codes or legislation, it is international
* More than an updating of the old chapters, really a rethinking of the field and what is now important and emerging
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About the Editors.

List of Contributors.

Preface.

Introduction: Psychology and Law: A Subdiscipline, an Interdisciplinary Collaboration or a Project? (D. Carson).

PART 1: PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS FOR THE COURTS.

1.1 Adults' Capacity to Make Legal Decisions (Glynis H. Murphy and Isabel C. H. Clare).

1.2 The Assessment and Detection of Deceit (Aldert Vrij).

1.3 Assessing Individuals for Compensation (Richard A. Bryant).

PART 2: PERSPECTIVES ON SYSTEMS: PSYCHOLOGY IN ACTION.

2.1 Interviewing by the Police (Rebecca Milne and Ray Bull).

2.2 Violence Risk: From Prediction to Management (Kirk Heilbrun).

2.3 Risk: The Need for and Benefits of an Interdisciplinary Perspective. (David Carson).

2.4 Beyond 'Offender Profiling': The Need for an Investigative Psychology (David Canter and Donna Youngs).

2.5 Uses, Misuses and Implications for Crime Data (Tom Williamson).

2.6 Crime Prevention (Katarina Fritzon and Andrea Watts).

2.7 The Development of Delinquent Behaviour (Friedrich Lösel).

2.8 Children in Disputes (Judith Trowell).

2.9 Child Defendants and the Law (Peter Yates and Eileen Vizard).

PART 3: PERSPECTIVES ON COURTS: TRIALS AND DECISION MAKING.

3.1 Juror Decision-Making in the Twenty-First Century: Confronting Science and Technology in Court (Bradley D. McAuliff, Robert J. Nemeth, Brian H. Bornstein and Steven D. Penrod).

3.2 Assessing Evidence: Proving Facts (Michael J. Saks and William C. Thompson).

3.3 Advocacy: Getting the Answers You Want (David Carson and Francis Pakes).

3.4 Expert Evidence: The Rules and the Rationality the Law Applies (or Should Apply) to Psychological Expertise (David L. Faigman).

3.5 Decision Making by Juries and Judges: International Perspectives (Edith Greene and Lawrence Wrightsman).

3.6 Restorative Justice: The Influence of Psychology from a Jurisprudent Therapy Perspective (Eric Y. Drogin, Mark E. Howard and John Williams).

3.7 Proactive Judges: Solving Problems and Transforming Communities (Leonore M.J. Simon).

PART 4: PERSPECTIVES ON POLICY: PSYCHOLOGY AND PUBLIC DEBATE.

4.1 Drugs, Crime and the Law: An Attributional Perspective (John B. Davies).

4.2 Psychological Research and Lawyers' Perceptions of Child Witnesses in Sexual Abuse Trials (Emily Henderson).

4.3 Alleged Child Sexual Abuse and Expert Testimony: A Swedish Perspective (Clara Gumpert).

4.4 Eyewitnesses (A. Daniel Yarmey).

4.5 Psychological and Legal Implications of Occupational Stress for Criminal Justice Practitioners (Jennifer Brown and Janette Porteous).

4.6 Therapeutic Jurisprudence: An Invitation to Social Scientists (Carrie J. Petrucci, Bruce J. Winick and David B. Wexler).

PART 5: LEGAL PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE AND SOCIETY.

Methodology: Law's Adopting and Adapting to Psychology's Methods and Findings (Brian Clifford).

Interviewing and Assessing Clients from Different Cultural Backgrounds: Guidelines for all Forensic Professionals (Martine B. Powell and Terry Bartholomew).

Psychology and law: A Behavioural or a Social Science? (Stephen P. Savage).

Table of Cases.

Tables of Statutes.

Index.

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David Carson, a lawyer with special interests in developing practical approaches to the prevention of legal problems, and Ray Bull, a psychologist specialising in legal applications of psychology, have ensured that each chapter is relevant to, and easily readable by, both professions.
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“…careful and clever integration of the two disciplines…essential reading…” (Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling, May/June 2004)

“…provides a wealth of knowledge and experience in terms of both theory and practice for the reader.” (Applied Cognitive Psychology, No.18 2004) 

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