Principles and Practice of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry

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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.

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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880489560
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • 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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Table of Contents

Contributors
Foreword: A Voyage of Discovery
Preface
1 History of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry 3
2 Introduction to the Legal System 7
3 Forensic Ethics 15
4 Introduction to Forensic Evaluations 21
5 Testifying: The Expert Witness in Court 33
6 Psychological Testing in Child and Adolescent Forensic Evaluations 45
7 Vicarious Traumatization 59
8 Child Custody Evaluations 69
9 Parenting Assessment in Cases of Neglect and Abuse 81
10 Foster Care and Adoption 97
11 Termination of Parental Rights 109
12 Transracial and Transcultural Adoption in the United States 117
13 Developmental Aspects of Memory in Children 129
14 Reliability and Suggestibility of Children's Statements: From Science to Practice 137
15 Interviewing Children for Suspected Sexual Abuse 149
16 Forensic Issues in Munchausen by Proxy 161
17 Clinical and Forensic Aspects of Sexual Harassment in School-Age Children 171
18 Children and Pornography: Old Problems, New Technology 179
19 Neurodevelopmental Impact of Violence in Childhood 191
20 Domestic Abuse as a Risk Factor for Children and Youth 205
21 Effects of Witnessing Violence on Children and Adolescents 213
22 Children's Access to Weapons 225
23 Risk Assessment of Violence in Youths 231
24 Prevention of Youth Violence 247
25 Overview of Juvenile Law 259
26 Assessment and Treatment of Juvenile Offenders 267
27 Sexually Aggressive Youth 279
28 Juvenile Waivers to Adult Court 289
29 Stage-of-Mind Assessments: Competency and Criminal Responsibility 297
30 Legal Issues in the Treatment of Minors 309
31 Psychiatric Commitment of Children and Adolescents 325
32 Legal Aspects of Mental Retardation 339
33 Psychic Trauma and Civil Litigation 355
34 Forensic Telepsychiatry 365
Index 371
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