Stress, Trauma, and Wellbeing in the Legal System

Paperback | January 18, 2013

EditorMonica K. Miller, Brian H. Bornstein

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All individuals face stress in their daily lives, but this is often particularly true for those who enforce the law, administer justice, or are forced into the legal system. Uncontrolled strain can result in negative behaviors, burnout, risk-taking, and physical and psychological symptomsranging from colds to depression and suicide. This, in turn, can have a dramatic impact on the functioning of the legal system as a whole. On the other hand, contact with the legal system has the potential to promote wellbeing for many individuals, such as victims who feel that justice has beenserved and jurors and judges who feel they have helped preserve the integrity of the legal system.Stress, Trauma, and Wellbeing in the Legal System presents theory, research, and scholarship from a variety of social scientific disciplines and offers suggestions for those interested in exploring and improving the wellbeing of those who are voluntarily (police, probation officers, civilplaintiffs, lawyers, judges, court staff) or involuntarily (jurors, criminal defendants, witnesses, children, the elderly) drawn into the legal system. This comprehensive volume is an invaluable resource for those intersested in protecting the wellbeing of individuals in the legal system,particularly criminal justice professionals, judges, attorneys, forensic psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, researchers in psychology, criminology, and sociology, and students in each of these areas.

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All individuals face stress in their daily lives, but this is often particularly true for those who enforce the law, administer justice, or are forced into the legal system. Uncontrolled strain can result in negative behaviors, burnout, risk-taking, and physical and psychological symptomsranging from colds to depression and suicide. Th...

Monica Miller, J.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor with a split appointment between the Criminal Justice Department and the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Social Psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Dr. Miller also an adjunct faculty at the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies and a Faculty Associate for the Women's Stu...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:January 18, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Series ForewordHon. Celeste Bremer: PrefaceAcknowledgmentsAbout the EditorsContributorsSection I: Introduction to Stress and Wellbeing in the Legal System1. Monica K. Miller and Brian H. Bornstein: Stress, Trauma, and Wellbeing in the Legal System: An Overview2. Lorie L. Sicafuse and Brian H. Bornstein: Using the Law to Enhance Wellbeing: Applying Therapeutic Jurisprudence in the CourtroomSection II: Victims, Witnesses, and Other Lay Participants3. Lisa Goodman and Deborah Epstein: Domestic Violence Victims' Experiences in the Legal System4. Vicky Weisz, Sarah J. Beal, and Twila Wingrove: The Legal System Experiences of Children, Families, and Professionals Who Work with Them5. Elizabeth Rush, Jodi A. Quas, and Bradley D. McAuliff: Child Witnesses' Experiences of Distress in Criminal Court: Sources, Consequences, and Solutions6. Mary White Stewart and Steven M. Wood: Civil Plaintiffs, Trauma, and Stress in the Legal System7. Edie Greene and Sheri C. Gibson: The Experiences of Older Adults in the Legal SystemSection III: Legal Professionals8. Warren D. Franke and Sandra L. Ramey: Stress and Cardiovascular Disease in Law Enforcement9. Risdon N. Slate and W. Wesley Johnson: Stressors Experienced by State and Federal Probation Officer10. Krystia Reed and Brian H. Bornstein: A Stressful Profession: The Experience of AttorneysSection IV: Legal Decision Makers: Judges and Jurors11. Monica K. Miller and Brian H. Bornstein: The Experience of Jurors: Reducing Stress and Enhancing Satisfaction12. Jared Chamberlain and James T. Richardson: dicial Stress: A Topic in Need of ResearchSection V: Conclusions and Future Directions13. Brian H. Bornstein, Gwen Hullman, and Monica K. Miller: Stress, Trauma, and Wellbeing in the Legal System: Where Do We Go from Here?