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Expert Witnesses in Child Abuse Cases

ISBN13: 9781557989154
ISBN: 155798915X
Published: February 2002
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Paperback
Price: £18.50

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Psychologists have been increasingly called on to testify in child abuse cases. The rough-and-tumble world of courtroom machinations, however, has left many wondering how they can protect themselves and their science from manipulation and misuse by the court system.

In this text, lawyers, psychologists and social workers discuss the thornier aspects of testimony and provide recommendations on the proper role of the expert witness. In each chapter, one or more contemporary problem areas associated with expert testimony in cases of child abuse are described.

Part I: Legal Structure and Professional Ethics
Chapter 1 The Use of Expert Testimony in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
Chapter 2 The Role of Experts in the Common Law and The Civil Law: A Comparison
Chapter 3 Moral Justifications for Limits on Expert Testimony
Part II: The Role of Expert Witness
Chapter 4 The Trials and Tribulations of a Novice Expert Witness
Chapter 5 The Expert Witness in Child Sexual Abuse Cases: A Clinician's View
Chapter 6 Psychological and Ethical Considerations in the Preparation of the Mental Health Professional as Expert Witness
Chapter 7 The Expert as Educator
Part III: Evidence in Testimony
Chapter 8 How Valid Are Child Sexual Abuse Validations? Chapter 9 Expert Scientific Testimony on Child Witnesses in the Age of Daubert
Chapter 10 Expert Testimony Regarding the Characteristics of Sexually Abused Children: A Controversy on Both Sides of the Bench
Part IV: Commentaries: Toward a Consensus
Chapter 11 The Psychologist as Expert Witness: A Comment
Chapter 12 Where Researchers Fear to Treat: Interpretative Differences Among Testifying Experts in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
Chapter 13 A Legal Commentary: The Impact of Daubert on 21st-Century Child Sexual Abuse Prosecutions