Evaluating Competencies Forensic Assessments and Instruments

ISBN-10: 0306473445

ISBN-13: 9780306473449

Edition: 2nd 2003 (Revised)

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As in its first edition, this book offers a conceptual model for understanding the nature of legal competencies. The model is interpreted to assist mental health professionals in designing and performing assessments for legal competencies defined in criminal and civil law, and to guide research that will improve the practice of evaluations for legal competencies. A special feature is the book's evaluative review of specialized forensic assessment instruments for each of several legal competencies. Three-fourths of the 37 instruments reviewed in the second edition are new and thus were not reviewed in the first edition. Application of the assessment model and reviews of instruments are provided for six areas of legal competence: -Competence to Stand Trial; -Waiver of Rights to Silence and Legal Counsel; -Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity; -Parenting Capacity - Determination of Child Custody; -Guardianship and Conservatorship; and -Competence to Consent to Treatment.
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Book details

List price: $199.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 10/31/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 541
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Advances in Assessments for Legal Competencies
Legal Competencies
Legal Competencies in the Criminal Process
Legal Competencies in Civil Cases
Summary
Improving Evaluations for Legal Competencies: How Far Have We Come?
Ignorance and Irrelevance
Intrusion
Insufficiency and Incredibility
The Value of a Conceptual Model
Legally Relevant Assessments for Legal Competencies
Introduction
Five Components of Legal Competencies
Functional Component
Causal Component
Interactive Component
Judgmental and Dispositional Components
Summary
Empirical Assessments for Legal Competencies
Forensic Assessment Instruments
Objectives of Forensic Assessment Instruments
The Need for Evaluation of Forensic Assessment Instruments
Standards for Forensic Assessment Instruments
Conceptual Basis: Defining Legally Relevant Functional Abilities
Psychometric Development
Construct Validation
Predictive or Classificatory Utility
Potential for Expressing Person-Situation Congruency
Orientation to the Instrument Reviews
Discovery and Selection of the Instruments
Purposes and Outline of the Review Chapters
Competence to Stand Trial
The Competence Question
Law and Current Practice
From Legal Standard to Forensic Assessment
Review of Forensic Assessment Instruments
MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool-Criminal Adjudication (MacCAT-CA)
Fitness Interview Test--Revised (FIT-R)
Competence Assessment for Standing Trial for Defendants with Mental Retardation (CAST-MR)
Georgia Court Competence Test--Mississippi State Hospital (GCCT-MSH)
Competence to Stand Trial Assessment Instrument (CAI)
Competence Screening Test (CST)
Current Status of The Field
Research Directions
Clinical Application
Waiver of Rights to Silence and Legal Counsel
The Competence Question
Law and Current Practice
From Legal Standard to Forensic Assessment
Review of Forensic Assessment Instruments
Comprehension of Miranda Rights (CMR)
Comprehension of Miranda Rights--Recognition (CMR-R)
Comprehension of Miranda Vocabulary (CMV)
Function of Rights in Interrogation (FRI)
Current Status of the Field
Research Directions
Clinical Application
Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity
The Competence Question
Law and Current Practice
From Legal Standard to Forensic Assessment
Review of Forensic Assessment Instruments
Mental State at the Time of the Offense Screening Evaluation (MSE)
Rogers Criminal Responsibility Assessment Scales (R-CRAS)
Current Status of the Field
Research Directions
Clinical Application
Parenting Capacity
The Competence Question
Abuse, Neglect, and Termination of Parental Rights
Divorce and Custody
Law and Current Practice
From Legal Standard to Forensic Assessment
Review of Forensic Assessment Instruments
Ackerman-Schoendorf Scales for Parent Evaluation of Custody (ASPECT)
Bricklin Perceptual Scales (BPS)
Perception of Relationships Test (PORT)
Parent Awareness Skills Survey (PASS) and Parent Perception of Child Profile (PPCP)
Child Abuse Potential Inventory (CAPI)
Parenting Stress Index (PSI)
Parent-Child Relationship Inventory (PCRI)
Current Status of the Field
Research Directions
Clinical Application
Guardianship and Conservatorship
The Competence Question
Law and Current Practice
From Legal Standard to Forensic Assessment
Review of Forensic Assessment Instruments
IADL Instruments Based on Interview or Observation
Adult Functional Adaptive Behavior Scale (AFABS)
Multidimensional Functional Assessment Questionnaire (MFAQ)
Philadelphia Geriatric Center Multilevel Assessment Inventory (MAI)
Performance Based Instruments to Assess IADL's
Direct Assessment of Functional Status (DAFS)
Everyday Problems Test (EPT)
Performance Based Instruments to Assess Need for Guardian or Conservator
Decisionmaking Instrument for Guardianship (DIG)
Financial Capacity Instrument (FCI)
Hopemont Capacity Assessment Interview (HCAI)
Independent Living Scales (ILS)
Current Status of the Field
Research Directions
Clinical Application
Competence to Consent to Treatment
The Competence Question
Law and Current Practice
From Legal Standard to Forensic Assessment
Review of Forensic Assessment Instruments
Capacity to Consent to Treatment Instrument (CCTI)
Hopemont Capacity Assessment Interview (HCAI)
Hopkins Competency Assessment Test (HCAT)
MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool for Treatment (MacCAT-T)
MacArthur Competence Assessment Tool for Clinical Research (MacCAT-CR)
Understanding Treatment Disclosures (UTD)
Perceptions of Disorder (POD)
Thinking Rationally about Treatment (TRAT)
Psychometric Development
Current Status of the Field
Research Directions
Clinical Application
Developing and Using Forensic Assessment Instruments
Developing Forensic Assessment Instruments
Functional Component
Causal Component
Interactive Component
Judgmental and Dispositional Components
Using Forensic Assessment Instruments
Forming the Question
Selecting Assessment Methods
Describing Functional Abilities
Explaining Functional Deficits
Making Predictions or Postdictions
Stating Conclusions
A Note on Potential Misuse of FAIs
Continuing the Improvement of Forensic Assessments
The Conceptual Model
The Future of FAIs
References
Legal Citations
Subject Index
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