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This study integrates social science research, social policy, and legal analysis related to children and the law. It provides the most cutting-edge information available on topics such as child abuse, children's eyewitness testimony, divorce and custody, juvenile crime, and children's rights. The volume is an important resource for researchers, attorneys, judges, policy makers, legislators, and mental health, social service, and police professionals.
1. Children, law, social science, and policy: an introduction to the issues Bette L. Bottoms, Margaret Bull Kovera and Bradley D. McAuliff; Part I. Children's Rights, Their Capabilities, and Society's Responsibilities to Children: 2. The personal responsibility and work opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996: what will it mean for children? Brian Wilcox, Rebecca A. Colman and Jennifer M. Wyatt; 3. Advocacy for children's rights Mark Small and Susan P. Limber; 4. Children's rights and their capacities Melinda Schmidt and N. Dickon Reppucci; 5. Children's legal representation in civil litigation Ann M. Haralambie, Ann Nicholson Haralambie and Kari L. Nysse; Part II. Children and Family Change: 6. Termination of parental rights to free children for adoption: conflicts between parents, children, and the state Jeffrey Haugaard and Rosemary J. Avery; 7. Child custody at the crossroads: issues for a new century Charlene E. Depner; 8. Children of lesbian and gay parents: research, law, and policy Charlotte J. Patterson, Megan Fulcher and Jennifer Wainwright; Part III. Juvenile Aggression and Juvenile Justice: 9. Juvenile transfer to adult court: how can developmental and child psychology inform policy decision making? Randall T. Salekin; 10. Youth violence: correlates, interventions and legal implications Carrie S. Fried and N. Dickon Reppucci; 11. Capacity, competence, and the juvenile defendant: implications for research and policy Jennifer Woolard; Part IV. Children as Victims and Witnesses: 12. The effects of community violence on children and adolescents: intervention and social policy Steve L. Berman, Wendy K. Silverman and William Kurtines; 13. Preventing child abuse and neglect Mia McFarlane and Murray Levine; 14. Children's eyewitness memory: true disclosures and false reports Jennifer M. Schaaf, Kristen Weede Alexander, Gail S. Goodman, Simona Ghetti and Robin Edelstein; 15. Expert testimony on the suggestibility of children: does it fit? Thomas D. Lyon; 16. The status of evidentiary and procedural innovations in Child Abuse Proceedings Bradley D. McAuliff and Margaret Bull Kovera; Part V. Conclusions and Future Decisions: 17. Starting a new generation of research Gary Melton; 18. What will it take to bring child-focused law, policy, and research into the 21st century? Concluding thoughts Howard Davidson.