Evaluation of Criminal Responsibility

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Oxford University Press, Mar 16, 2009 - Psychology - 224 pages
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Forensic mental health assessment (FMHA) has grown into a specialization informed by research and professional guidelines. This series presents up-to-date information on the most important and frequently conducted forms of FMHA. The 19 topical volumes address best approaches to practice for particular types of evaluation in the criminal, civil and juvenile/family areas. Each volume contains a thorough discussion of the relevant legal and psychological concepts, followed by a step-by-step description of the assessment process from preparing for the evaluation to writing the report and testifying in court. Volumes include the following helpful features: - Boxes that zero in on important information for use in evaluations - Tips for best practice and cautions against common pitfalls - Highlighting of relevant case law and statutes - Separate list of assessment tools for easy reference - Helpful glossary of key terms for the particular topic In making recommendations for best practice, authos consider empirical support, legal relevance, and consistency with ethical and professional standards. These volumes offer invaluable guidance for anyone involved in conducting or using forensic evaluations.

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The Legal Context
Forensic Mental Health Concepts
Empirical Foundations and Limits
Appendix A Insanity Defense Standards in the 50 States and
Appendix B Checklist for Criminal Responsibility Reports
Tests and Specialized Tools

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Ira K. Packer is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of Massachusetts Medical School in Sharon, MA.

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