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Identifying the forensic psychologist role

Abstract Since its debut over a century ago, forensic psychology has matured into a formally recognized specialty area of psychology with its own set of ethical guidelines; however, a consensual definition of forensic psychology remains elusive. After describing the field’s historical and current struggles to define itself, two ethical issues are discussed that are especially applicable to psychology in legal contexts. The first is the critical differences between serving in therapeutic versus forensic roles and the associated ethical obligation to refrain from serving in both roles in the same case. Despite the terminology used in the literature, treatment in forensic contexts can be ethically appropriate. This chapter considers the current stat... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Neal, Tess M.S.
Subject forensic / psycholog* / ethics / adversarial allegiance / bias
Type Text
Language English
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Citation Neal, T.M.S. (2017). Identifying the forensic psychologist role. In G. Pirelli, R. Beattey, & P. Zapf (Eds.), The ethical practice of forensic psychology: A casebook (pp.1-17). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Collaborating Institutions New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences
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