Civil Capacities in Clinical Neuropsychology: Research Findings and Practical Applications

Hardcover | November 25, 2011

EditorGeorge J. Demakis

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Clinical neuropsychologists are increasingly involved in the evaluation of civil capacities and are in demand by other professionals, particularly attorneys and judges, to assist their decision-making about these sometimes complex issues. While there has been some neuropsychological researchin this area, this has not been assembled into a single volume nor have practice recommendations been provided. This volume fills these gaps. The first part of this volume reviews and synthesizes the research literature on neuropsychological aspects of civil capacities. The specific capacitiesaddressed include driving, financial and healthcare decision-making, testamentary (i.e., will-making) capacity, and personal care and independence. Each chapter addresses relevant background issues, conceptual/theoretical advances, and empirical findings. The chapters also include an illustrativecase study that demonstrates how the authors (each expert in the various areas) evaluated and conceptualized the case. Each chapter is written from an evidence-based perspective and, where appropriate, uses research to inform practice recommendations. The second part of this volume providesrecommendations to practitioners on how to conduct civil capacity evaluations that utilize neuropsychological assessment. There are chapters on an evaluative framework for the assessment, capacity test selection and psychometric issues, working with other data sources besides testing (e.g.,collateral interviews), best practices in report-writing and testifying, as well as common ethical issues in such cases. Throughout, these chapters provide practical "how to"advice to improve neuropsychological practice and consulting in civil capacity cases. In addition to these chapters, there is a chapter written by legal consumers of psychological reports. This chapter offers a wealth of useful information andrecommendations that, if followed, will further serve to advance psychological report-writing and consultation in civil capacity evaluations.

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Clinical neuropsychologists are increasingly involved in the evaluation of civil capacities and are in demand by other professionals, particularly attorneys and judges, to assist their decision-making about these sometimes complex issues. While there has been some neuropsychological researchin this area, this has not been assembled in...

George J. Demakis, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Health Psychology and Director of Clinical Training in the Health Psychology program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 0.12 × 0.12 × 0.12 inPublished:November 25, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part IBackground Issues1. George J. Demakis: Introduction2. Elissa Kolva and Barry Rosenfeld: Legal perspectives on civil capacityPart IICivil Competencies and Guardianship3. Dan Marson, Amy Knight, Kristen Triebel: Assessment of financial capacity: A neuropsychological perspective4. Barton Palmer, Gauri N. Savla, and Alexandrea L. Harmell: Capacity to decide about health care5. Carmelle Peisah and Kenneth Shulman: Testamentary capacity6. Penny Wolfe and Jessica Clark: Driving capacity7. Erik Everhart, Katie A. Lehockey, Alicia M. Moran, and Jonathan M. Highsmith: Personal care and independence8. George J. Demakis: Adult guardianshipPart IIIApplications9. Stacey Wood and Meryl O'Bryan: Assessment of civil capacities: An evaluative framework and practical recommendations10. Karen Sullivan: Civil capacity instruments: Research trends and recommendations for future research11. Robert Ruchinskas: Other aspects of data collection in the capacity evaluation12. Patricia A. Zapf and Gianni Pirelli: Forensic report-writing and testimony in capacity evaluations13. Paul J. Moberg and Sanjay Shah: Ethical issues in capacity and competency evaluationsPart IVConclusions14. Fredrick Benson and M. Joanne Romano: legal consumer's perspective on competency15. George J. Demakis: Conclusions and future directions