Expert Witnesses in Child Abuse Cases: What Can and Should Be Said in Court / Edition 1

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Psychologists have been increasingly called on to testify in child abuse cases. The rough and tumble world of courtroom machinations, however, has left many wondering how they can protect themselves and their science from manipulation and misuse by the court system.

In this volume, eminent lawyers, psychologists, and social workers discuss the thornier aspects of testimony and provide recommendations on the proper role of the expert witness. How can psychologists participate in the legal realm while maintaining the integrity of their science? How can expert witnesses avoid the trap of advocating for a client rather than providing neutral information?

"...discusses the roles and limits of expert testimony in child abuse cases...with contributions from lawyers, social workers, psychologists, and other professionals in the field."

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Comprises 13 contributions which explore current problem areas associated with expert testimony in cases of child abuse, divided into sections on legal structure and professional ethics, the role of expert witnesses, evidence in testimony, and commentaries. Specific topics include moral justifications for limits on expert testimony, the trials and tribulations of a novice expert witness, expert scientific testimony on child witnesses in the age of Daubert, and what constitutes ethical testimony. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557989154
  • Publisher: American Psychological Association
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 299
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction 1
Pt. I Legal Structure and Professional Ethics
Ch. 1 The Use of Expert Testimony in Child Sexual Abuse Cases 11
Ch. 2 The Role of Experts in the Common Law and the Civil Law: A Comparison 29
Ch. 3 Moral Justifications for Limits on Expert Testimony 59
Pt. II The Role of Expert Witness
Ch. 4 The Trials and Tribulations of a Novice Expert Witness 85
Ch. 5 The Expert Witness in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: A Clinician's View 105
Ch. 6 Psychological and Ethical Considerations in the Preparation of the Mental Health Professional as Expert Witness 123
Ch. 7 The Expert as Educator 137
Pt. III Evidence in Testimony
Ch. 8 How Valid Are Child Sexual Abuse Validations? 159
Ch. 9 Expert Scientific Testimony on Child Witnesses in the Age of Daubert 185
Ch. 10 Expert Testimony Regarding the Characteristics of Sexually Abused Children: A Controversy on Both Sides of the Bench 217
Pt. IV Commentaries: Toward a Consensus
Ch. 11 The Psychologist as Expert Witness: A Comment 237
Ch. 12 Where Researchers Fear to Tread: Interpretative Differences Among Testifying Experts in Child Sexual Abuse Cases 249
Ch. 13 A Legal Commentary: The Impact of Daubert on 21st-Century Child Sexual Abuse Prosecutions 265
Author Index 283
Subject Index 293
About the Editors 299
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