The California School of Professional Psychology Handbook of Juvenile Forensic Psychology

The California School of Professional Psychology Handbook of Juvenile Forensic Psychology

The California School of Professional Psychology Handbook of Juvenile Forensic Psychology

The California School of Professional Psychology Handbook of Juvenile Forensic Psychology

Synopsis

The Handbook of Juvenile Forensic Psychology Contains Information AboutStatistics and Trends in Juvenile Justice and Forensic Psychology, Juveniles in Gangs, Police and Juveniles, Problematic Confessions in Children and Adolescents, Juveniles Tried as Adults, Social Development in Children and Adolescents, Conduct Disorder or Disordered Conduct?, The Use and Misuse of PTSD Diagnosis in Juvenile Forensic Settings, Psychosis in Juvenile Offenders, Neuropsychiatric Vulnerabilities in Serious Juvenile Offenders, Children Who Kill, The Classroom Avenger, Multicultural Issues in the Assessment and Treatment of Juveniles, Evaluating Juvenile Competency to Waive Miranda Rights, Assessing Psychopathy in Juveniles, Violence Risk Assessment of Youth, Juvenile Sex Offenders, Treatment in Institutions, The Role of the Psychiatrist with Incarcerated Youth, Confining and Curing the Juvenile Offender, Role of the School Psychologist in Juvenile Forensics, Preparing Children for Court, Reciprocal Connectedness and the Limitations of Attachment Theory in the Family and Juvenile Dependency Courts, Roles Psychologists Play in Child Custody Disputes, Evaluating Juveniles in Custody Disputes, Christine Lawson, The Juvenile Dependency Process, The Juvenile Court and Dependency Process, Juvenile Court and Dependency, The Psychologist as Consultant in the Child Welfare System, Keeping High-Risk Youth From Becoming Incarcerated Adults

Excerpt

The California School of Professional Psychology Handbook of Juvenile Forensic Psychology is the first book of its kind—a compendium of cutting-edge chapters on juvenile forensics from some of the leading experts in the United States. Until now, information about juvenile forensic psychology has been relatively sparse in the scientific literature compared to information on adult forensics, but it has certainly been prominent in the media as well as in the minds of the U.S. public.

Media reportage of street gangs terrorizing neighborhoods, kids running away from home and prostituting themselves to support a drug habit, and high school students going on a shooting rampage at school has been ubiquitous, frightening, and alarming. Such images lead the public to demand immediate responses from officials, such as putting metal detectors in public schools, trying juveniles in adult court, or sending repeat juvenile offenders to adult prison.

But where is the balance between protecting society and serving the youths of our nation? Is a swift, no-nonsense police and judicial response to the delinquent adolescent always appropriate? Can we trust that delinquent teenagers have the capacity to think and act like adults and thus should be treated as adults? How valid are their confessions? Is incarceration always the best solution? Should we give up on young offenders or attempt to rehabilitate them? How can we address both the best interests of the child and the public's demand for security?

These are crucial, life-and-death questions for both the accused and society as a whole, and they are exactly the types of questions for which input from a . . .

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