Psychology in Family and Child Law

Second Edition

By C. L. van Rooyen

This fully updated second edition examines all relevant aspects of adult and child psychology in relation to family and child care law in the UK. Psychology deals with behavior, and the behavior of parents, other care providers, and children in relation to one another and the world at large has obvious interest to the courts, which need to determine issues coming before them. The book adopts a practical approach and explains psychological concepts, including the measurements employed, so that professionals working in this area can gain an informed understanding of the subject matter. Where there is an overlap between psychology and psychiatry, this is given further detailed consideration. Contents include: Part I: the psychologist in family and child law * psychological methodology * psychometric assessments * parenting assessments * risk assessments (assessment of emotional harm, understanding defense mechanisms, understanding attachments, and parental alienation in custody cases) * therapy and treatment *** Part II - Specific Problems: problems of childhood and adolescence * developmental disorders * attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders * social and emotional impairment (self image, depression, anxiety, aggression and anger, and behavioral disturbance/conduct disorders) * attachment disorders * child abuse and neglect * problems of adulthood * mood disorders and suicide * anxiety disorders * personality disorders. [Subject: Family Law, Children's Law, Psychology]

Publication Date: 12/17/2014
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781846619991