Principles and Practice of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry

Principles and Practice of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry

by Diane H. Schetky, Elissa P. Benedek
     
 

It was not until the mid-twentieth century that childhood achieved recognition as a developmental stage separate from adulthood. Despite the legal protections (e.g., child labor laws) for children that have been established since then, we're still relatively early in the process of discovering childhood's legal and forensic contexts.

Taking us a quantum leap

Overview

It was not until the mid-twentieth century that childhood achieved recognition as a developmental stage separate from adulthood. Despite the legal protections (e.g., child labor laws) for children that have been established since then, we're still relatively early in the process of discovering childhood's legal and forensic contexts.

Taking us a quantum leap forward is this practical textbook, a step-by-step guide that walks clinicians through the often-confusing world of depositions and courtroom testimony. The editors—pioneers in child and adolescent forensic psychiatry—have dramatically expanded their earlier textbook ( Clinical Handbook of Child Psychiatry and the Law), bringing clarity and coherence to these complex and often highly charged clinical and legal issues by emphasizing evidence-based research within an easy-to-read outline format.

Highlighted by clinical case examples, countertransference pitfalls, and guidelines for action, these chapters offer timely updates on adoption, child custody, child abuse (including the developmental aspects of memory and suggestibility, and Munchausen by proxy), youth violence, juvenile offenders, legal issues (such as the psychiatric commitment of children and treatment of minors), and vicarious traumatization in clinicians who work with children. Also presented is new material on forensic ethics, parenting assessments, transracial/transcultural adoptions, sexual harassment, child pornography, sexually aggressive youth, the neurodevelopmental effects of violence during childhood, and telepsychiatry.

Rich in both historical detail and practical guidance, this remarkable collection by top authors and clinicians in the field is the definitive reference (and preparation guide for board certification in forensic psychiatry) for practitioners, forensic examiners, attorneys and judges, and trainees in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Konoy Mandal, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is a comprehensive and practical guide to the field of child forensic psychiatry. A deceptively simple but elegant format is used to update readers in the field.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the latest updates in the field while adding specialty information relevant to modern times. For example, the child pornography chapter looks at the unique difficulties introduced by the Internet. Case examples translate what's on the page into real life situations. The book more than meets the author's objectives and will likely be an instant classic.
Audience: The book is written for child psychiatrists, anyone working with children and adolescents, attorneys, and psychologists. General forensic mental health professionals will also gain many insights from the book. You cannot and should not ignore a book from such preeminent minds in child forensic psychiatry.
Features: The book covers basic issues in child forensic psychiatry (e.g., the role of a forensic expert, child custody, child abuse) and gives due emphasis to sections on youth violence and juvenile offenders. Several topics are presented that are rarely explored in other texts, such as vicarious trauma in clinicians working with minors, Munchausen by proxy, and children's access to weapons. The book presents relevant legal and clinical issues, potential pitfalls, case examples, and action guidelines for each topic. While the book is characteristically parsimonious, occasional chapters feel oversimplified. Also, there is a minimal use of graphs, tables, and pictures.
Assessment: The material covered in the book is clear and practical. The book succinctly presents material that any child forensic psychiatrist can and should master. It is a good book and I recommend it.
3 Stars from Doody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880489560
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
408
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.25(d)

Meet the Author

Elissa P. Benedek, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Diane H. Schetky, M.D., is in the private practice of forensic psychiatry in Rockport, Maine. She is also Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.

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