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Causality of Psychological Injury

Presenting Evidence in Court

Young, Gerald, Kane, Andrew W., Nicholson, Keith

2007, XII, 648 p.

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This sequel to the authors’ Psychological Knowledge in Court offers a welcome expansion on key concepts, terms, and issues in causality, bringing much needed clarity to psychological injury assessments and the legal contexts that employ them.

Focusing on PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and chronic pain (and grounding readers in salient U.S. and Canadian case law), Causality sets out a multifactorial causality framework to facilitate admissibility of psychological evidence in court. Issues concerning malingering are examined in depth, as are clinical gray areas that can jeopardize validity. At the same time, the book clearly explains what lawyers and clinicians need to understand about each other’s work—of crucial importance since the two sides often seem to speak at cross-purposes.

The authors and six guest contributors

  • Illustrate the roles of preexisting vulnerabilities, traumatic events, and post-event occurrences in psychological impairment and disability
  • Review the literature on PTSD, TBI, and chronic pain for legal relevance
  • Identify current challenges and controversies in the field, as well as emerging areas for research
  • Recommend methods and instruments for conducting more courtworthy assessments
  • Provide a detailed critical review of malingering and related phenomena
  • Propose a more accurate, shared terminology of causality

Valid causality judgments are based on sound knowledge of research on large populations and careful testing of individuals; at the same time they must conform to stringent legal standards of relevance and reliability to be accepted for testimony. Forensic practitioners and attorneys will turn to Causality of Psychological Injury as their professional paths increasingly cross in seeking comprehensive and state of the art information.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Chronic Pain - Depression - Focusing - Forensic Psychology - Malingering - PTSD - TBI - assessment - brain - law - online - pain - psychology - rehabilitation - stress

Related subjects » Criminology & Criminal Justice - Law - Psychology - Psychology & Law

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Chapter 1. Introduction to Causality: Psychological Evidence in Court Gerald Young, Andrew W. Kane, Keith Nicholson. ______________________________________________________________________ Section I. Causality and Psychological Evidence: Concepts, Terms, Issues. Chapter 2. Causality in Psychology and Law Gerald Young, Andrew W. Kane. Chapter 3. Causality: Concepts, Issues, and Recommendations Gerald Young. Chapter 4. Dictionary of Terms Related to Causality, Causation, Law, and Psychology Gerald Young, Ronnie Shore. Chapter 5. Multicausal Perspectives on Psychological Injury I: PTSD and MTBI Gerald Young. Chapter 6. Multicausal Perspectives on Psychological Injury II: Chronic Pain Gerald Young. Chapter 7. Multicausal Perspectives on Psychological Injury III: Conclusions Gerald Young. Chapter 8. Pain, Affect, Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Chronic Pain: Bringing Order to Disorder Gerald Young, C. Richard Chapman. Chapter 9. Considering Course and Treatment in Rehabilitation: Sequential and Dynamic Causality Douglas Salmon, Marek Celinski, Gerald Young. Section II. Causality in Court: Psychological Considerations. Andrew W. Kane. Chapter 10. Basic Concepts in Psychology and Law Chapter 11. Conducting a Psychological Assessment Chapter 12. Other Psycho-Legal Issues Chapter 13. Summary and Conclusions Section III. Malingering in Psychological Injury: TBI, Pain, and PTSD. Keith Nicholson, Michael F. Martelli. Chapter 14. Malingering: Overview and Basic Concepts Chapter 15. The Effect of Compensation Status Chapter 16. Malingering: Traumatic Brain Injury Chapter 17. Malingering: Chronic Pain Chapter 18. Malingering: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression Chapter 19. Malingering: Summary and Conclusions ___________________________________________________________________ Chapter 20. Causation, Psychology, and Law Daniel W. Shuman, Jennifer L. Hardy. Chapter 21. Conclusions on Causality: Psychological Evidence in Court Gerald Young, Andrew W. Kane, Keith Nicholson. Sources and Citations

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