Forensic Mental Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents

Hardcover | March 16, 2006

EditorSteven N. Sparta, Gerald P. Koocher

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Most professional forensic literature addresses the assessment of adults yet neglects the necessary differences that arise when working with minors. Forensic Mental Health Assessment of Children presents the reader with essential knowledge and practical suggestions regarding the forensicassessment of minors involved in a variety of legal applications. Methods of evaluation are described by leading experts regarding topics frequently encountered and of great importance to the courts including:-Physical and sexual child abuse-Domestic violence-Child custody in divorce proceedings-Risk assesment for violence-Potential for rehabilitation in juvenile court cases-Special education-Childhood development and trauma as mitigating circumstances in death penalty casesIn addition to reviewing a broad spectrum of topics, methods of evaluation, and the application of specific tests, chapters also address forensic assessment matters such as ethical issues, professional liability, and cultural considerations. This comprehensive resource will be indispensable tomental health practitioners and legal professionals, and of great interest to researchers and students.

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Most professional forensic literature addresses the assessment of adults yet neglects the necessary differences that arise when working with minors. Forensic Mental Health Assessment of Children presents the reader with essential knowledge and practical suggestions regarding the forensicassessment of minors involved in a variety of le...

Dr. Steven N. Sparta is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California at San Diego School of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Law, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, and Adjunct Professor of Psychology San Diego State University. He was Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association, former President a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 7.2 × 10.12 × 1.61 inPublished:March 16, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Foreword by Thomas GrissoPart I An Introduction and Overview of Forensic Mental Health Assessment of Children and Adolescents1. Introduction to Forensic Assessment of ChildrenPart II Forensic Assessment Issues: Ethics, Lawyers, Courts, Cultural Considerations, Professional Liability2. Lois A. Weithorn: The Legal Contexts of Forensic Assessment of Children and Adolescents: An Overview3. Gary B. Melton and Robin J. Kimbrough-Melton: Integrating Assessment, Treatment, and Justice: Pipe Dream or Possibility?4. Gerald P. Koocher: Ethical Issues in Forensic Assessment of Children and Adolescents5. William E. Foote: Ten Rules: How to Get Along Better with Lawyers and the Legal System6. Avoiding Malpractice in Child Forensic Assessment Brandt Caudill, Jr.7. Steven R. Smith: Working with Courts, Judges and Lawyers: What Forensic Mental Health Professionals Should Know About Being an Expert Witness8. Roberto J. Velasquez, Ph.D., Jeanett Castellanos, Ph.D., Maria Garrido, Psy.D., Paula Maness, Ulla Anderson, and Shirley Amanda Gabazon: Interpreting Forensic Interview and Test Data of Latino Children: Recommendations for Culturally Competent EvaluationsPart III Forensic Mental Health Applications9. Linda Sayler Gudas, Ph.D. and Jerome M. Sattler, Ph.D.: Forensic Interviewing of Children and Adolescents10. Kathryn Kuehnle and Steven N. Sparta: Assessing Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in a Legal Context11. Lois Oberlander Condie: Evaluating the Effects of Domestic Violence on Children12. Amy C. Tishelman, Alice W. Newton, Jennifer E. Denton and Andrea M. Vandeven: Child Physical Abuse and Neglect: Medical and Other Considerations in Forensic Psychological Assessment13. Randy Borum: Assessing Risk for Violence Among Juvenile Offenders14. Steven N. Sparta and Phillip M. Stahl: Psychological Evaluation for Child Custody15. Stephen T. DeMers and Leah Nellis: Assessing Eligibility for and Appropriateness of Special Education Services16. Michael A. Goldberg: Examining Children in Personal Injury Claims17. Karen E. Wills and Jerry J. Sweet: Neuropsychological Considerations in Forensic Child Assessment18. Steven B. Bisbing: A Pediatric Lead Litigation Primer: Foundations for Mental Health Assessment19. Joseph T. McCann: Bullying and Stalking in Children and Adolescents: Assessing Osessional Harassment20. Robert Kinscherff: Forensic Assessment of Amenability to Rehabilitation in Juvenile Delinquency21. Catherine Ayoub and Robert Kinscherff: Forensic Assessment of Parenting in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases22. David Medoff and Robert T. Kinscherff: Forensic Evaluation of Juvenile Sexual Offenders23. Alan M. Goldstein, Naomi E. Goldstein, and Rachel Kalbeitzer: Assessing Childhood Trauma and Developmental Factors as Mitigation in Capital Cases24. David K. Wilcox: Assessing Firesetting Behavior in Children and AdolescentsPart IV Selected Measurement Issues25. James N. Butcher and Kenneth S. Pope: The MMPI-A in Forensic Assessment26. William N. Friedrich: Measures for Evaluating Child Sexual Abuse27. Measuring Adolescent Personality and Psychopathology with the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACI) Joseph T. McCann

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"This book forms a much needed bridge between the fields of juvenile law and child and adolescent psychology. The scope of the book is impressive, as is the list of contributors. Certainly, I believe that Sparta and Koocher accomplish their goal. The field of child and adolescent forensicpsychology has needed a comprehensive text such as this, and the book fills a void that has existed for too long in the literature. The book is well written, pleasant to read, and should be useful to professionals at any level of practice. Thus, the publication of Forensic Mental Health Assessmentof Children and Adolescents is timely and may be considered a seminal work, despite its lack of competition."--Journal of Psychiatry and Law