Psychological Injuries: Forensic Assessment, Treatment, and Law

Hardcover | October 15, 2005

byWilliam J. Koch, Kevin S. Douglas, Tonia L. Nicholls

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Human emotional suffering has been studied for centuries, but the significance of psychological injuries within legal contexts has only recently been recognized. As the public becomes increasingly aware of the ways in which mental health affects physical - and financial - well-being,psychological injuries comprise a rapidly growing set of personal injury insurance claims. Although the diverse range of problems that people claim to suffer from are serious and often genuine, the largely subjective and unobservable nature of psychological conditions has led to much skepticismabout the authenticity of psychological injury claims. Improved assessment methods and research on the economic and physical health consequences of psychological distress has resulted in exponential growth in the litigation related to such conditions. Integrating the history of psychological injuries both from legal and mental health perspectives, this book offers compelling discussions of relevant statutory and case law. Focussing especially on posttraumatic stress disorder, it addresses the current status and empirical limitations of forensicassessments of psychological injuries and alerts readers to common vulnerabilities in expert evidence from mental health professionals. In addition, it also uses the latest empirical research to provide the best forensic methods for assessing both clinical conditions such as posttraumatic stressdisorder and for alternative explanations such as malingering. The authors offer state-of-the-art information on early intervention, psychological therapies, and pharmaceutical treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder and stimulating suggestions for further research into this complexphenomenon. A comprehensive guide to psychological injuries, this book will be an indispensable resource for all mental health practitioners, researchers, and legal professionals who work with psychological injuries.

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Human emotional suffering has been studied for centuries, but the significance of psychological injuries within legal contexts has only recently been recognized. As the public becomes increasingly aware of the ways in which mental health affects physical - and financial - well-being,psychological injuries comprise a rapidly growing se...

William Koch is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist whose practice and research interests involve psychological injuries. He lives in West Vancouver, British Columbia, and has appointments at both the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. Kevin Douglas is on faculty at Simon Fraser University. He has a PhD ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 6.3 × 9.21 × 1.1 inPublished:October 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195188284

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Table of Contents

1. Definition and History of the Concept of Psychological Injury2. Legal Contexts and Law Related to Psychological Injuries3. General Assessment Issues with Psychological Injuries4. Grant L. Iverson and Rael T. Lange: 4. Detecting Exaggeration and Malingering in Psychological Injury Claims5. Common Vulnerabilities in Psychological Evidence6. Gender, Trauma and Distress7. Ethnocultural Minorities8. Prevention and Rehabilitation of Psychological Injuries9. Psychological Injury Cases10. Current Status and Future TrendsIndex

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"A landmark volume that provides a thoughtful and lucid discussion of issues related to psychological injury. Topics covered range from historical origins to the political and scientific issues that shape our current views of psychological disorders in a medical-legal context. The authorsprovide a number of savy clinical insights that reflect a wealth of clinical and legal experience. The comprehensive coverage of the research literature alone is worth the price of the volume. This well written and important book should be required reading for all legal and health careprofessionals."----Lynn Alden, Associate Dean and Professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada