Pub. date: 2002 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412950664 | Print ISBN: 9780761922582 | Online ISBN: 9781412950664 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Bruce A. Arrigo
The field of forensic psychology explores various issues and controversies affecting police, court, and correctional practice, based on the values and insights of psychology. As an interdisciplinary field, forensic psychology relies on the contributions of the social sciences (such as criminology, public policy, and organizational studies) to address adult, juvenile, family, and civil concerns. Forensic psychology examines an array of relevant, pressing, and meaningful topics at the crossroads of law and psychology, criminal justice and mental health—topics affecting individuals, groups, organizations, and society. Some of these include police stress, eyewitness testimony, child abuse, the not-guiltyby-reason-of-insanity defense, sex offenders and treatment, jury selection, criminal profiling, risk assessment, victim-offender mediation, domestic violence, definitions of dangerousness, right to refuse treatment, juveniles on death row, mentally disabled inmates, pregnant women in prison, suicide among incarcerated juveniles, prison violence, competency to stand trial, custody evaluations, and executing the mentally ill. The field of forensic psychology ...