Journal of Psychiatry & Law

Journal of Psychiatry & Law is a medical journal focusing on Psychiatry & Law

Articles from Vol. 38, No. 4, Winter

Adaptive Behavior and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
Adaptive Behavior is a construct originally invented as a prong for diagnosing Mental Retardation, but it has come to also play a role in diagnosing Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). In this paper, we: (a) describe the meaning and measurement...
An Arctic Judge's Journey with FASD
A trial court judge knowledgeable about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders struggles with adapting the operations of his court to the needs of FASD-affected individuals in the Alaskan Arctic. His background in learning about FASD through cases and training...
A Proposed Model Standard for Forensic Assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
A model protocol is proposed for multidisciplinary assessment of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) in the forensic context. Used effectively on both sides of the courtroom in the United States in criminal and post-conviction matters in state and...
Bringing Morphometrics into the Fetal Alcohol Report: Statistical Language for the Forensic Neurologist or Psychiatrist
The components of a diagnosis in the fetal alcohol spectrum consider, among other domains, evidence of prenatal alcohol exposure, facial features, neurological or neuropsychological deficits, and neuroanatomical form. Most of these assessments are based...
Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the Dependency Court System: Challenges and Recommendations
Children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are at a greatly increased risk for developmental delays, learning disabilities, and behavioral, social, and emotional problems. High rates of secondary disabilities have been reported in this population,...
Concise Guide to Ethics in Mental Health Care
Concise Guide to Ethics in Mental Health Care by L.W. Roberts, and A. R. Dyer (Washington, D. C: American Psychiatric Publishing, 2004) 384 pp., $47.95.This very good book is one of the American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.'s series of "Concise Guides"...
Distributive Justice and the New Medicine
Distributive Justice and the New Medicine, by George P. Smith III (Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, 2008), 187 pp., $30.00In this concise volume, Professor George P. Smith III ambitiously tackles some of the most controversial topics in modern science,...
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder as a Marker for Increased Risk of Involvement with Correction Systems
Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) may be common in adolescents and adults in the corrections systems. However, current prevalence estimates for FASD suggest that nearly all affected people are undiagnosed in corrections systems. In this article...
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: A Brief History
A similar pattern of altered growth and morphogenesis, referred to as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), was reported in 1973 in eleven unrelated children all of whom were born to chronic alcoholic women who continued to drink heavily throughout pregnancy...
In Search of Memory. the Emergence of a New Science of Mind
In Search of Memory. The Emergence of a New Science of Mind by Eric R. Kandel (New York, NY: W. W. Norton, 2006), 528 pp., $17.95.In the world of forensic psychiatry, where this writer spends a good deal of his professional time, one of the profession's...
Screening, Diagnosis, and Intervention with Juvenile Offenders
This article overviews the research regarding youth with FASD in the juvenile justice system and describes three programs in the United States in which juvenile offenders are screened for FASD, then diagnosed and provided interventions specific to their...
The Autobiography of an Execution
The Autobiography of an Execution, by David R. Dow (New York, NY: Twelve, 2010), 273 pp., $24.99.An execution is an intimate event. As to the condemned inmate, the intimacy seems obvious: The state is killing him. But an execution also profoundly affects...
The Measure of Madness: Inside the Disturbed and Disturbing Criminal Mind
The Measure of Madness: Inside the Disturbed and Disturbing Criminal Mind by Cheryl Paradis, (New York, NY; Kensington Publishing, 2010), 320 pp.. $16.95.The Measure of Madness, by New York City forensic psychologist and teacher, Cheryl Paradis, Psy.D.,...
The Power to Spring Up: Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Students with Significant Disabilities
The Power to Spring Up: Postsecondary Education Opportunities for Students with Significant Disabilities by Diana M. Katovitch (Bethesda, MD: Woodbine House, 2009), 265 pp., $24.95.Diana Katovich's remarkable book, The Power to Spring Up: Postsecondary...