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Principles of forensic mental health assessment: implications for the forensic assessment of sexual offenders.
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PMID:  12839897     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Risk assessment with sexual offenders is generally performed for two purposes: to assist the court in deciding on a relevant legal question (in a legal context), or to plan treatment interventions (in a clinical context). Failure to make this distinction, and to accurately identify the context and purpose for which the assessment is being conducted, can result in significant problems. This chapter will begin by making this distinction. Then, focusing on evaluations done for legal decision making purposes, it will describe 29 recently derived broad principles of forensic mental health assessment and their application to evaluations done to assist legal decision making.
Kirk Heilbrun
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences     Volume:  989     ISSN:  0077-8923     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. N. Y. Acad. Sci.     Publication Date:  2003 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-07-03     Completed Date:  2003-08-05     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7506858     Medline TA:  Ann N Y Acad Sci     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  167-84; discussion 236-46     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, Drexel University, and Villanova School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102-1192, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Decision Making*
Forensic Psychiatry / legislation & jurisprudence*,  methods*
Guidelines as Topic
Mental Disorders / diagnosis*,  psychology*
Sex Offenses / psychology*

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