Evaluating Competencies: Forensic Assessments and Instruments / Edition 1

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Overview

As in its first edition, this book offers a conceptual model for understanding the nature of legal competencies. The model is interpreted to assist mental health professionals in designing and performing assessments for legal competencies defined in criminal and civil law, and to guide research that will improve the practice of evaluations for legal competencies. A special feature is the book's evaluative review of specialized forensic assessment instruments for each of several legal competencies. Three-fourths of the 37 instruments reviewed in the second edition are new and thus were not reviewed in the first edition. Application of the assessment model and reviews of instruments are provided for six areas of legal competence: Competence to Stand Trial; Waiver of Rights to Silence and Legal Counsel; Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity; Parenting Capacity - Determination of Child Custody; Guardianship and Conservatorship; and Competence to Consent to Treatment.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306421266
  • Publisher: Basic Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1986
  • Series: Perspectives in Law and Psychology Series, #7
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 414
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Advances in Assessments for Legal Competencies 1
Ch. 2 Legally Relevant Assessment for Legal Competencies 21
Ch. 3 Empirical Assessments for Legal Competencies 41
Ch. 4 Competence to Stand Trial 69
Ch. 5 Waiver of Rights to Silence and Legal Counsel 149
Ch. 6 Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity 193
Ch. 7 Parenting Capacity 229
Ch. 8 Guardianship and Conservatorship 309
Ch. 9 Competence to Consent to Treatment 391
Ch. 10 Developing and Using Forensic Assessment Instruments 461
References 483
Legal Citations 515
Subject Index 519
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