I am not sure when a series of volumes becomes an "institution"; this is the fourth annual volume of Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law, and each has been an extraordinary summary of important forensic topics. This book makes the point that the interface of psychiatry and law is not merely a legal one, but has a great deal to do with clinical issues such as diagnosis and treatment. Children and adolescents are not adults. This may come as something of a shock to those who proselytize for equal rights for children, and to those adults (including some psychiatrists, attorneys, and judges) who advocate giving the child adult choices and/or responsibilities. Children differ from adults in many ways. The specialist in child or adoles- cent psychiatry knows not only that one must attend to special social and family issues for juveniles, but that juveniles are more complex internally as well. They attempt to survive in the world while rapidly growing and learning, usually with physically and emotionally immature resources.
They have had few years in which to develop experience, and do not have the psyche with which to integrate that experience in ways one would expect of a mature adult. Sometimes this frightens the patient, as in the case of a physically large teen- ager whose impulse control is impaired. Sometimes it is frustrating, as in the case of a healthy child unable to escape from a dysfunctioning family. It is always confusing, and usually uncomfortable.
Section I Juvenile Crime.- 1. The Historical Challenge of Juvenile Criminality.- 2. Some Criminogenic Traits of Offenders.- 3. Biological Causes of Delinquency.- 4. A Psychodynamic Approach to Understanding Juvenile Criminality.- 5. Childhood Identification and Prophylaxis of Antisocial Personality Disorder.- Section II Sexual Issues.- 6. Psychiatric Aspects of Incest Involving Juveniles.- 7. Intrafamilial Child Sexual Abuse and Forensic Psychiatrists.- 8. Special Considerations in the Psychiatric Evaluation of Sexual Offenders against Minors.- 9. Diagnosis and Treatment of Juvenile Sex Offenders.- 10. The United States Age-of-Consent Laws Governing the Sexual Conduct of Minors: A Rationale for National Uniformity; an Overview of the Present Law; a Proposal for Reform.- Section III Clinical Considerations.- 11. Assessment of Juvenile Psychopathology for Legal Purposes.- 12. Emotional, Cognitive, and Moral Developmental Considerations in Interviews of Adolescents for Forensic Purposes.- 13. Adolescent Psychological Development: Normal and Abnormal.- 14. Substance Abuse among Juveniles.- 15. Issues in the Forensic Assessment of the Black Adolescent.- 16. A Reintroduction to Pediatric Medicine for Forensic Psychiatrists.- 17. Issues of Adolescent Medicine.- 18. An Introduction to Child and Adolescent Neurology for Forensic Psychiatrists.- Section IV Hospital Issues.- 19. The Psychiatrically Hospitalized Adolescent as Victim: Forensic Psychiatric Considerations.- 20. Special Considerations in the Inhospital Treatment of Dangerously Violent Juveniles.- 21. Psychiatric Restraint of Children and Adolescents: Clinical and Legal Aspects.- Section V Public Policy Issues.- 22. The Adolescent's Right to Psychiatric Care.- 23. The Juvenile Transfer Hearing and the Forensic Psychiatrist.
Series: Critical Issues in American Psychiatry & the Law
Number Of Pages: 456
Published: 19th March 2012
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2
Weight (kg): 0.61