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1st Edition

Forensic Psychology
A Guide to Practice

ISBN 9780415132916
Published June 18, 1998 by Routledge
254 Pages

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Book Description

Forensic Psychology explains the history and application of the discipline. It details the various kinds of psychologist involved in the field, the sort of evidence each might produce, and how it can be applied. The authors cover topics such as:
* offender profiling
* psychometric testing
* expert testimony
* psychological autopsy
* polygraph testing
* professional and ethical problems
* training needs
A handy reference tool and a practical guide, Forensic Psychology is essential reading for forensic psychologists, clinical psychologists, lawyers and professionals who need to understand the nature and application of psychological evidence in judicial proceedings.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Preface 1. Introduction 2. Historical Background 3. Surveys into psychological evidence in court 4. Ethical and professional issues 5. The roles of the forensic psychologist 6. Psychological testing 7. Psycholinguistic techniques 8. Civil cases 9. Criminal cases 10. The assessment and the testimony: a psychological framework 1. Conclusions

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'I will certainly recommend this book to psychologists working within and for the UK court system and to other forensic practitioners in need of greater understanding about the actual roles and remit of forensic psychologists.' - Dr Lori Beth Bisbey, Science & Justice 1998: 38(4)

'The book is admirably constructed and the material in it accurate and meticulously researched. The end result is that these highly eminent and experienced practitioner academics have produced an extremely valuable asset for its intended market and one which no conscientious forensic psychologist or lawyer whose work is relevant can afford to be without. Furthermore, in this developing field, it is essential that legal practitioners commence their training in a way that encompasses areas that may hitherto have been considered to be of little importance. A student solicitor, or barrister, or even judge, would do well to familiarize themselves with this book. Strongly recommended.' - A. Heaton-Armstrong, Medicine Science Law

'This book is a very welcome addition to the literature, one which will have an appeal well beyond those who have chosen forensic psychology as their career. In sum, an excellent and authoritative practical guide to a growing area of psychology. Psychologists with any kind of professional contact with the judicial system will find this to be a most valuable volume.' - P. de Silva, Behaviour Research and Therapy

'In inverse proportion to the typical legal process, the book is short and clear. Reading Forensic Psychology: A Guide to Practice could prevent you from making serious mistakes with major consequences for your client and yourself.' - Vincent Egan, Clinical Psychology Forum