Psychological Knowledge in Court: PTSD, Pain, and TBI / Edition 1

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Overview

PTSD, pain syndromes, traumatic brain injury: these three areas are common features of personal injury cases, often forming the cornerstone of expert testimony. Yet their complex interplay in an individual can make evaluation—and explaining the results in court—extremely difficult.

Psychological Knowledge in Court focuses on this triad separately and in combination, creating a unique guide to forensic evaluations that fulfills both legal and clinical standards. Its meticulous review of the literature identifies and provides clear guidelines for addressing core issues in causality, chronicity, and assessment, such as:

- Are there any definable risk factors for PTSD?

- How prevalent is PTSD after trauma?

- How do patients’ emotions relate to their pain experience?

- Are current pain assessment methods accurate enough?

- What is the role of pre-existing vulnerabilities in traumatic brain injury?

- What exactly is "mild" TBI?

The editors and their 38 contributors explore psychological sequelae across traumatic events as diverse as auto accidents and sexual assault, cogently discuss confounding factors, and pinpoint diagnostic and methodological controversies. In addition, the book reviews key concepts in evidence law that every practitioner should know to be effective on the stand.

Both mental health and legal professionals will benefit from this forward-looking resource. Its integrative, nuanced coverage makes it vital reading not only for psychologists, psychiatrists, and rehabilitation specialists, but for tort lawyers and judges as well.

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Editorial Reviews

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In Psychological Knowledge in Court: PTSD, Pain, and TBI, Gerald Young, Andrew W. Kane, and Keith Nicholson provide forensic psychologists, both new and experienced, with 20 well-selected chapters that should be read by anyone likely to testify in a courtroom. The selections cover much more than the title suggests. The editors provide an insightful and practical discussion of what is required when providing expert testimony. . . I do recommend Psychological Knowledge in Court, and I encourage any psychologist likely to be testifying as an expert witness to buy it and read it.

- John L. Caccavale, PsycCRITIQUES, Volume 51 (26), Article 11

PTSD, pain syndromes, traumatic brain injury: these three areas are common features of personal injury cases, often forming the cornerstone of expert testimony. Yet their complex interplay in an individual can make evaluation-and explaining the results in court-extremely difficult. Psychological Knowledge in Court focuses on this triad separately and in combination, creating a unique guide to forensic evaluations that fulfills both legal and clinical standards. Its meticulous review of the literature identifies and provides clear guidelines for addressing core issues in causality, chronicity, and assessment.

- R.K. McKinzey, Ph.D., Editor, WebPsychEmpiricist: www.wpe.info

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387256092
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 1/5/2006
  • Edition description: 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 412
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

An Introduction to Psychological Knowledge for Court: PTSD, Pain, and TBI.- Psychology, Causality, and Court.- Definitional Issues, Psychobiological Underpinnings, and Individual Differences in PTSD.- Predicting Who Will Develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.- Assessment of Psychological Distress and Disability After Sexual Assault in Adults.- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Following Injury: Assessment and Other Methodological Considerations.- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Across the Lifespan: A Review of Theoretical Models.- Cognitive-behavioral Perspectives and Practical Implications.- Pain in the Twenty-First Century: The Neuromatrix and Beyond.- The Influence of Personality Characteristics on Pain Patients: Implications for Causality in Pain.- The Effect of Cognition on Pain Experience and Pain Behavior: Diatheses-Stress and the Casual Conundrum.- Chronic Pain and Affect as a Nonlinear Dynamical System.- Objective and Subjective Measurement of Pain: Current Approaches for Forensic Applications.- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Definitions.- The Confounding Effects of Pain, Psychoemotional Problems or Psychiatric Disorder, Premorbid Ability Structure, and Motivational or Other Factors on Neuropsychological Test Performance.- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI): Neuroimaging and Neuropathology.- Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Medical and Legal Causality Considerations.- Assessment of Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.- Psychological Knowledge for Court Purposes: PTSD, Pain and TBI.

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