Children, Social Science, and the Law

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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.

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Mostly psychologists, but also contributors from other disciplines such as law and criminology, fill what they deemed a need for a broad resource on children and the law that researchers, legal scholars, policy makers, and front-line professionals could use for advice and inspiration. Eighteen contributions are arranged in sections on children's rights, their capabilities, and society's responsibilities; family change; juvenile aggression and juvenile justice; childrens as victims and witnesses; and future directions for policy and research. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"This is one of the most comprehensive child policy books I've seen. It is a book I will use in my work, and one I think would be useful to students in a wide variety of fields." Nancy Hall, Yale University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521662987
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 8/26/2002
  • Pages: 512
  • Lexile: 1500L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Children, Social Science, and the Law: An Introduction to the Issues 1
Pt. 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? 15
3 Advocacy for Children's Rights 51
4 Children's Rights and Capacities 76
5 Children's Legal Representation in Civil Litigation 106
Pt. II Children and Family Change
6 Termination of Parental Rights to Free Children for Adoption: Conflicts between Parents, Children, and the State 131
7 Child Custody Research at the Crossroads: Issues for a New Century 153
8 Children of Lesbian and Gay Parents: Research, Law, and Policy 176
Pt. III Juvenile Aggression and Juvenile Justice
9 Juvenile Transfer to Adult Court: How Can Developmental and Child Psychology Inform Policy Decision Making? 203
10 Youth Violence: Correlates, Interventions, and Legal Implications 233
11 Capacity, Competence, and the Juvenile Defendant: Implications for Research and Policy 270
Pt. IV Children as Victims and Witnesses
12 The Effects of Community Violence on Children and Adolescents: Intervention and Social Policy 301
13 Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect 322
14 Children's Eyewitness Memory: True Disclosures and False Reports 342
15 Expert Testimony on the Suggestibility of Children: Does It Fit? 378
16 The Status of Evidentiary and Procedural Innovations in Child Abuse Proceedings 412
Pt. V Conclusions and Future Directions
17 Starting a New Generation of Research 449
18 What Will It Take to Bring Child-Focused Law, Policy, and Research into the 21st Century? Concluding Thoughts 454
Author Index 469
Case Index 487
Subject Index 490
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