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Psychology and Law

Psychology and Law
Research and Practice

March 2014 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Psychology and Law offers the definitive perspective on the practical application of psychological research to the law. Authors Curt R. Bartol and Anne M. Bartol emphasize the various roles psychologists and other mental health professionals can play throughout the text.  Insight is offered into the application of psychology in criminal and non-criminal matters. Topics such as family law, insanity, police interrogation, jury selection and decision making, involuntary civil commitment, and various civil capacities are included. This comprehensive text examines complex material in detail and explains it in an easy-to-read way. The authors emphasize the major contributions psychological research has made to the law, and encourage critical analysis through examples of court cases, high-profile current events, and research.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Psychology and Law: Three Approaches

Ways of Knowing and the Methods of Science

Courts and the Method of Science

Psychology and the Law: A Challenging Alliance

Defining and Classifying Law

Psychology and Law: Some Differences

Chapter 2: Psychology and the Courts: An Overview
Organization of the Courts

The Judicial Process

The Psychologist as an Expert Witness

Chapter 3: The Investigative Process
Legal Background

Detection of Deception

Forensic Interrogation

The Psychology of False Confessions

The Polygraph

Chapter 4: Competencies and Criminal Responsibility
Competency to Stand Trial


Special Conditions and Unique Defenses

Chapter 5: Eyewitness Evidence
Human Perception and Memory

Estimator and System Variables

Eyewitness Estimator Variables

System Variables in Eyewitness Testimony

Children as Witnesses

Elderly Witnesses

Pretrial Identification Methods

Chapter 6: The Trial Jury
Overview of the Jury

Jury Research

Jury Selection

Jury Size and Decision Rule

Jury Instructions

Death Sentencing

The Death Qualification Process

Death Qualified Excludables

Clinical and Statistical Prediction in Capital Cases

Capital Sentencing Instructions

Jury Nullification

Chapter 7: Jury and Judicial Decision Making
The Jury Decision Making Process

Judicial Decision Making

Chapter 8: Controversial Psychological Topics in The Courtroom
Overview of Profiling

Criminal Scene Profiling

The CSI Effect: Fact or Fiction?

Paths to Admission of Evidence

Standards for Admission of Profiling Testimony

Profiling as Expert Evidence

The Psychological Autopsy

Forensic Hypothesis

Chapter 9: Psychology and the Family Court
The Modern Family Court

Changes in Family Court in Recent Years

Divorce and Child Custody

Psychological Effects of Divorce and Custodial Arrangements

Roles of Mental Health Profession in Child Custody Matters

Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Contemporary Special Issues in Custody Decision Making

Chapter 10: Involuntary Civil Commitment
A Brief History

Modern Commitment Statutes

Civil Commitment Proceedings

Duty to Warn and/or Protect

Research on Dangerousness

Involuntary Outpatient Commitments

Voluntary Commitments

Informed Consent and the Right to Refuse Treatment

Civil Commitment of Sex Offenders

Chapter 11: Psychology of Civil Litigation
Civil Capacities

End of Life Issues

Psychology in the Employment Sphere

Wrongful Death and Personal Injury Suits

Psychology in the Educational Sphere

Chapter 12: Psychological Assessement and the Law
Forensic Classifications of Assessment and Testing

Clinical Measures and Assessment Techniques

Forensically Relevant Instruments

Forensic Assessment Instruments

Forensic Evaluations in Delinquency Cases



Instructor Resource Site

The password-protected Instructor Resource Site includes the following:

·  A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.

·  A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.

·  Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.

·   Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.

Student Study Site

The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.

“The writing is concise and student-friendly. . . . The text incorporates contemporary cases and information and maintains a good balance between the important issues in psychology and law.”

Barbara Abbott, New England College

The content is refreshingly different from many other textbooks in this field, such as the inclusion of hypnosis, litigation and psychological assessment.

Mrs Karen Eaton-thomas
School of Psychology, University of Wales, Trinity St David
July 6, 2015

A very well written textbook that provides a good understanding of the judicial system. Great summary at the end of each chapter

Dr Maria Ioannou
School of Human and Health Sciences, Huddersfield University
January 2, 2015

Good overview of areas, perfect for undergraduate level and a good starting point for postgraduates.

Mrs Claire Marsh
Natural and Social Sciences, University of Gloucestershire
December 11, 2014

A very helpful book offering great insight at an appropriate level.

Ms Wendy Ambrose-butterfield
Public Services, Duchy College
June 3, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 6

Curt R. Bartol

Curt R. Bartol was a college professor for more than 30 years, teaching a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate courses, including Biopsychology, Criminal Behavior, Juvenile Delinquency, Introduction to Forensic Psychology, Social Psychology, Profiling, and Psychology and Law. He earned his PhD in personality/social psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1972. He studied political science and law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under a fellowship from the National Institute for the Humanities (NIH). He was instrumental in creating and launching Castleton State College’s graduate program in forensic psychology and... More About Author

Anne M. Bartol

Anne M. Bartol earned an MA and a PhD in criminal justice from State University of New York at Albany. She also holds an MA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She taught criminal justice, sociology, and journalism courses over a 20-year college teaching career and has worked as a journalist and a social worker in child and adolescent protective services. In addition to Introduction to Forensic Psychology, she has coauthored Juvenile Delinquency: A Systems Approach; Delinquency and Justice: A Psychosocial Approach; Psychology and Law: Theory, Research, and Application; Criminal Behavior; and Criminal and Behavioral... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781452258911