Principles and Practice of Child and Adolescent Forensic Psychiatry

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Researchers in psychiatry and related fields address child custody, child abuse, youth violence, juvenile offenders, and legal issues. Some of the case studies are fictional, some composite, and some actual cases. The anthology is intended to be of use to practitioners in forensic medicine and law, and can be used as a basic textbook or study guide for board certification in forensic psychiatry. It replaces Schetky and Benedek's Clinical Handbook of Child Psychiatry and the Law . Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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It was not until the mid-twentieth century that childhood achieved recognition as a developmental stage separate from adulthood. Despite the legal protections (e.g., child labor laws) for children that have been established since then, we're still relatively early in the process of discovering childhood's legal and forensic contexts.

Taking us a quantum leap forward is this practical textbook, a step-by-step guide that walks clinicians through the often-confusing world of depositions and courtroom testimony. The editors--pioneers in child and adolescent forensic psychiatry--have dramatically expanded their earlier textbook ( Clinical Handbook of Child Psychiatry and the Law), bringing clarity and coherence to these complex and often highly charged clinical and legal issues by emphasizing evidence-based research within an easy-to-read outline format.

Highlighted by clinical case examples, countertransference pitfalls, and guidelines for action, these chapters offer timely updates on adoption, child custody, child abuse (including the developmental aspects of memory and suggestibility, and Munchausen by proxy), youth violence, juvenile offenders, legal issues (such as the psychiatric commitment of children and treatment of minors), and vicarious traumatization in clinicians who work with children. Also presented is new material on forensic ethics, parenting assessments, transracial/transcultural adoptions, sexual harassment, child pornography, sexually aggressive youth, the neurodevelopmental effects of violence during childhood, and telepsychiatry.

Rich in both historical detail and practical guidance, this remarkable collection by top authors and clinicians in the field is the definitive reference (and preparation guide for board certification in forensic psychiatry) for practitioners, forensic examiners, attorneys and judges, and trainees in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychology.

About the Author:

Elissa P. Benedek, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Diane H. Schetky, M.D., is in the private practice of forensic psychiatry in Rockport, Maine. She is also Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Vermont College of Medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.

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