Psychology in Litigation and Legislation
In this volume, Stephen J. Ceci presents the results of five new studies of suggestibility in children's recollections, with important implications for psychological and legal practice with children alleged to have been abused. Gary B. Melton helps clarify the debate over psychologists as expert witnesses by addressing the purposes of expert testimony and explaining the level of scientific validity such testimony requires. Michael Miller discusses the activities and mistakes that are likely to place the psychologist in the role of a defendant in such forums as ethics committees, licensing boards, and criminal and civil courts. Julie Blackman adopts an advocacy approach to working with economically and socially disadvantaged women within the context of the legal system, focusing particularly on child bearing, child rearing, and battering and rape. Wayne Cascio examines the implications of two major pieces of legislation that relate to working with clients with disabilities and are pertinent to clinical, counseling, industrial and organizational psychologists, as well as neuropsychologists and rehabilitation psychologists. Together, these five chapters help define the cutting edge of psychology and the law today.