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Courtroom Modifications for Child Witnesses: Accommodating Abused Children in the Courtroom

Courtroom Modifications for Child Witnesses: Accommodating Abused Children in the Courtroom


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This book is aimed at mental health professionals who perform forensic evaluations of child witnesses in cases of alleged maltreatment, to determine whether to recommend courtroom modifications. Authors Susan R. Hall and Bruce D. Sales consider, from both legal and psychological standpoints, courtroom modifications such as allowing supportive adults in the witness box and allowing hearsay exemptions. The legal implications of more controversial practices such as using screens to shield the witness from the defendant, and using remote or videotaped depositions or testimony are also discussed. Finally, the authors review current research on trauma, PTSD, fear, anxiety, and depression in children who have been allegedly abused, and examine the implications for child testimony. The nuanced analysis in this book provides mental health and legal professionals with the expert guidance they need when making crucial forensic judgments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433803543
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication date: 06/28/2008
Series: The Law and Public Policy Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: Need for Courtroom Modifications     3
Courtroom Modifications That Do Not Raise Confrontation Clause Concerns     19
Courtroom Modifications That Raise Confrontation Clause Concerns     33
Science of Courtroom Modifications     65
Analytical Approach to Courtroom Modification Evaluations     101
Trauma, Emotional Distress, and Courtroom Modification Evaluations     131
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Courtroom Modification Evaluations     143
Dissociation and Courtroom Modification Evaluations     159
Fear, Anxiety, Depression, and Courtroom Modification Evaluations     179
Communication Abilities, Disorders, and Courtroom Modification Evaluations     233
Conclusion and Future Directions     251
References     265
Table of Authorities     337
Author Index     341
Subject Index     357
About the Authors     375

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