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Psychology and Law

Psychology and Law
Research and Practice

© 2015 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Psychology and Law offers the definitive perspective on the practical application of psychological research to the law. Authors Curt R. Bartol and Anne M. Bartol emphasize the various roles psychologists and other mental health professionals can play throughout the text.  Insight is offered into the application of psychology in criminal and non-criminal matters. Topics such as family law, insanity, police interrogation, jury selection and decision making, involuntary civil commitment, and various civil capacities are included. This comprehensive text examines complex material in detail and explains it in an easy-to-read way. The authors emphasize the major contributions psychological research has made to the law, and encourage critical analysis through examples of court cases, high-profile current events, and research.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Psychology and Law: Three Approaches  
Ways of Knowing and the Methods of Science  
Courts and the Method of Science  
Psychology and the Law: A Challenging Alliance  
Defining and Classifying Law  
Psychology and Law: Some Differences  
Chapter 2: Psychology and the Courts: An Overview
Organization of the Courts  
The Judicial Process  
The Psychologist as an Expert Witness  
Chapter 3: The Investigative Process
Legal Background  
Detection of Deception  
Forensic Interrogation  
The Psychology of False Confessions  
The Polygraph  
Chapter 4: Competencies and Criminal Responsibility
Competency to Stand Trial  
Special Conditions and Unique Defenses  
Chapter 5: Eyewitness Evidence
Human Perception and Memory  
Estimator and System Variables  
Eyewitness Estimator Variables  
System Variables in Eyewitness Testimony  
Children as Witnesses  
Elderly Witnesses  
Pretrial Identification Methods  
Chapter 6: The Trial Jury
Overview of the Jury  
Jury Research  
Jury Selection  
Jury Size and Decision Rule  
Jury Instructions  
Death Sentencing  
The Death Qualification Process  
Death Qualified Excludables  
Clinical and Statistical Prediction in Capital Cases  
Capital Sentencing Instructions  
Jury Nullification  
Chapter 7: Jury and Judicial Decision Making
The Jury Decision Making Process  
Judicial Decision Making  
Chapter 8: Controversial Psychological Topics in The Courtroom
Overview of Profiling  
Criminal Scene Profiling  
The CSI Effect: Fact or Fiction?  
Paths to Admission of Evidence  
Standards for Admission of Profiling Testimony  
Profiling as Expert Evidence  
The Psychological Autopsy  
Forensic Hypothesis  
Chapter 9: Psychology and the Family Court
The Modern Family Court  
Changes in Family Court in Recent Years  
Divorce and Child Custody  
Psychological Effects of Divorce and Custodial Arrangements  
Roles of Mental Health Profession in Child Custody Matters  
Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)  
Contemporary Special Issues in Custody Decision Making  
Chapter 10: Involuntary Civil Commitment
A Brief History  
Modern Commitment Statutes  
Civil Commitment Proceedings  
Duty to Warn and/or Protect  
Research on Dangerousness  
Involuntary Outpatient Commitments  
Voluntary Commitments  
Informed Consent and the Right to Refuse Treatment  
Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders  
Chapter 11: Psychology of Civil Litigation
Civil Capacities  
End of Life Issues  
Psychology in the Employment Sphere  
Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Suits  
Psychology in the Educational Sphere  
Chapter 12: Psychological Assessement and the Law
Forensic Classifications of Assessment and Testing  
Clinical Measures and Assessment Techniques  
Forensically Relevant Instruments  
Forensic Assessment Instruments  
Forensic Evaluations in Delinquency Cases  


Instructor Resource Site

The password-protected Instructor Resource Site includes the following:

·  A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.

·  A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.

·  Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.

·   Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.

Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.

“The writing is concise and student-friendly. . . . The text incorporates contemporary cases and information and maintains a good balance between the important issues in psychology and law.”

Barbara Abbott, New England College

The content is refreshingly different from many other textbooks in this field, such as the inclusion of hypnosis, litigation and psychological assessment.

Mrs Karen Eaton-thomas
School of Psychology, University of Wales, Trinity St David
July 6, 2015

A very well written textbook that provides a good understanding of the judicial system. Great summary at the end of each chapter

Dr Maria Ioannou
School of Human and Health Sciences, Huddersfield University
January 2, 2015

Good overview of areas, perfect for undergraduate level and a good starting point for postgraduates.

Mrs Claire Marsh
Natural and Social Sciences, University of Gloucestershire
December 11, 2014

A very helpful book offering great insight at an appropriate level.

Ms Wendy Ambrose-butterfield
Public Services, Duchy College
June 3, 2014

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