Journal of Psychiatry & Law

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

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 1, Spring

Accommodation without Exculpation? the Ethical and Legal Paradoxes of Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex mental disorder that straddles the line between psychosis and neurosis. As such, questions about the moral and legal responsibility of persons with BPD are especially vexing. Persons suffering with borderline...
Childhood Trauma and Adverse Experience and Forensic Child Psychiatry: The Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery
Clinical traumatologists who treat children constantly work with multiple systems and agencies that have tremendous influence on children's developmental trajectory and may either support or impede recovery by the actions that they take. While the circumstances...
Ethical and Legal Aspects of Psychosomatic Medicine
Psychosomatic medicine, also known as C-L (consultation and liaison) psychiatry, is a subspecialty of psychiatry that deals with the interface of psychological, ethical, social, and legal issues arising in clinical medicine. This article addresses ethical...
From Nurse Ratched to Modern Forensic Mental Health Nursing
Forensic mental health nurses are independent professionals who have individual professional responsibilities, but also share responsibility with medicine, hospitals, incarceration staff, and community teams. These nurses can be found in a variety of...
The Psychopath Test: A Journey through the Madness Industry
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry, by Jon Ronson (New York, NY: Riverhead Books, 2011), 288 pp., $25.95.About a month after sending off a book proposal manuscript entitled Psychopath! to an author friend for vetting, I realized...
The Use of Narrative and Persuasion in the Child Forensic Psychiatric Report and Testimony
Narrative is a fundamental means of making sense of experience. As child forensic psychiatrists attempt to convey evidence and opinions via report writing and testimony, they need to bear in mind an obligation to ensure that their efforts are as well...
Training Geriatric Psychiatry Fellows in the Medicolegal Aspects of Psychiatric Consultation in the Nursing Home
Accredited fellowship training programs in geriatric psychiatry are required to address ethical and legal issues pertaining to mental health in older adults, and to provide clinical experiences that enable trainees to develop competencies in long-term...
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