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As the area of law and psychology continues to develop and expand, it becomes ever more difficult to offer a simple answer to the question, "What is psychology and law?" Law and Psychology: The Broadening of the Discipline, offers a picture of some of the traditional and innovative areas of research and scholarly thinking that fall within law and psychology. The book is broken into five general areas of law and psychology: Children and the Law; Criminal Responsibility; Mental Health Policy; Jury Instructions and Jury Decisionmaking; and Civil Law and Psychology. Law and psychology is beginning to be recognized as a valuable subspecialty of both psychology and law. The chapters in this book will serve both as examples of the kind of work psycho-legal scholars perform and as sources of information from which future work will flow. Because of its breadth and depth, the information presented should be of use to both psycho-legal scholars and students who wish to gain a better understanding of some traditional and developing areas of law and psychology.
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Offers a picture of some of the traditional and innovative areas of research and scholarly thinking that fall within the domain of a growing subspecialty concerned with psychology and law. Five areas are addressed: children and the law, criminal responsibility, mental health policy, jury instructions and jury decisionmaking, and civil law and psychology. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890894750
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 464

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Sect. I Children and the Law
1 The Significance of Law in the Everyday Lives of Children and Families 11
2 Fighting Fragmentation: Coordination of Services for Children and Families 51
3 Dispositional Decisionmaking in the Juvenile Justice System: An Empirical Study of the Use of Offense and Offender Information 71
Sect. II Criminal Responsibility
4 Psychodynamics and the Insanity Defense: Ordinary Common Sense and Heuristic Reasoning 109
5 The Psychopath and the Definition of "Mental Disease or Defect" Under the Model Penal Code Test of Insanity: A Question of Psychology or a Question of Law? 139
6 Empirical Research Regarding the Insanity Defense: How Much Do We Really Know? 171
Sect. III Mental Health Policy
7 The Potential of Therapeutic Jurisprudence: A New Approach to Psychology and the Law 211
8 Using Community Mental Health Centers to Provide Comprehensive Mental Health Services to Local Jails 241
9 Treatment of the Mentally Disabled: Rethinking the Community-First Idea 261
10 Lawyer Psychopathology: Development, Prevalence, and Intervention 281
Sect. IV Jury Instructions and Jury Decisionmaking
11 The Law and Psychology of Jury Instructions 305
12 Reviewing the Empirical Evidence on Jury Racism: Findings of Discrimination or Discriminatory Findings? 331
Sect. V Civil Law and Psychology
13 Expanding Psycholegal Inquiry: The Analysis of Attitudes toward Corporate Responsibility 355
14 A Psycholegal and Empirical Approach to the Medical Standard of Care 381
Index of Cases 425
Index of Names 433
Index of Subjects 447
Contributors 453
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