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Evaluating Competencies

Forensic Assessments and Instruments

  • Thomas Grisso
  • Randy Borum
  • John F. Edens
  • Jennifer Moye
  • Randy K. Otto
Book

Part of the Perspectives in Law & Psychology book series (PILP, volume 16)

Table of contents

About this book

Introduction

As in its first edition, this book offers a conceptual model for understanding the nature of legal competencies. The model is interpreted to assist mental health professionals in designing and performing assessments for legal competencies defined in criminal and civil law, and to guide research that will improve the practice of evaluations for legal competencies. A special feature is the book's evaluative review of specialized forensic assessment instruments for each of several legal competencies. Three-fourths of the 37 instruments reviewed in the second edition are new and thus were not reviewed in the first edition.

Application of the assessment model and reviews of instruments are provided for six areas of legal competence:
-Competence to Stand Trial;
-Waiver of Rights to Silence and Legal Counsel;
-Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity;
-Parenting Capacity - Determination of Child Custody;
-Guardianship and Conservatorship; and
-Competence to Consent to Treatment.

Keywords

assessment child evaluation health

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas Grisso
    • 1
  • Randy Borum
  • John F. Edens
  • Jennifer Moye
  • Randy K. Otto
  1. 1.University of Massachusetts Medical CenterWorcester

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/b106006
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-47343-2
  • Online ISBN 978-0-306-47922-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0160-4422
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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