Title

The empirical limits of forensic mental health assessment

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

Date

5-4-2005

Document Type

Article

Medical Subject Headings

Adolescent; Child; *Dangerous Behavior; Female; *Forensic Psychiatry; Humans; Male; Mental Disorders; Reproducibility of Results; *Risk Assessment; United States; Violence

Disciplines

Psychiatry

Abstract

This article introduces a special issue of Law and Human Behavior, including five articles describing the limits of forensic mental health assessments of (a) risk of violence in female adolescents, (b) sexually violent predators, (c) dangerousness in capital murder cases, (d) child sexual abuse, and (e) PTSD litigants. Knowing the limits of forensic mental health assessment methods is essential in order to recognize their strengths, increase the credibility of forensic mental health assessment, and drive research that will enhance the value of assessments for the courts.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Law Hum Behav. 2005 Feb;29(1):1-5.

Related Resources

Link to Article in PubMed

PubMed ID

15865329