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Psychology in Family and Child Law

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Essential reading for those professionals who need to identify psychological issues, instruct the relevant experts and evaluate psychological evidence when it is presented to them

  • Published: December 2014
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Paperback / eBook (ePDF) / eBook (ePub) / Online
  • ISBN: 9781846619991
  • Authors/Editors: Celest van Rooyen
  • Category: Family Law
This fully updated work examines all relevant aspects of adult and child psychology in relation to family and child care law.

Psychology deals with behaviour – and the behaviour of parents, other carers 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.
Part I
  • The psychologist in family and child law
  • Psychological methodology
  • Psychometric assessments
  • Parenting assessments
  • Risk assessments
    • Assessment of emotional harm
    • Understanding defence mechanisms
    • Understanding attachments
    • Parental alienation in custody cases
  • Therapy and treatment

Part II – Specificproblems

  • Problems of childhood and adolescence
  • Developmental disorders
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder
  • Social and emotional impairment
    • Self image
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Aggression and anger
    • Behavioural disturbances/conduct disorders
  • Attachment disorder
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Problems of adulthood
  • Mood disorders and suicide
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Personality disorders

Reviews from previous edition

"an extremely helpful guide to the psychological issues family lawyers may face ... written in an accessible and approachable manner ... this is a very well-presented text with a good structure. It is easy to find the information you are looking for"
Times Higher Education

"adopts a practical approach ... so that professionals working in this area can gain an informed understanding of the subject matter ... essential reading for those professionals who need to identify psychological issues, instruct the relevant experts and evaluate psychological evidence"
ChildRIGHT
Extracts from the Introduction

There has been no attempt made to produce yet another textbook of psychology. Several standard works already exist for study by those specialising in this field and for consultation by any interested person. Rather, in this book, an attempt has been made to provide a readable and yet reasonably comprehensive outline of the salient features of psychological issues for lawyers and other professionals involved in family and child law practice. Experience suggests that there is a clear need for a source of basic psychological information to be readily available to those professionals who are not expert in psychology. Fairly substantial detail is therefore made available in respect of the common psychological problems but the emphasis has not been on detail but – being mindful that this work is directed primarily at a non-expert readership – on understanding.

Family and, in particular, child proceedings attract a wide range of professionals who each contribute their particular expertise. These professionals include judges, lawyers, social workers and those assessing parenting skills and children’s guardians. Medical professionals such as paediatricians, adult psychiatrists and child and adolescent psychiatrists are also commonly involved. It is hoped these professionals will find this work of use to them in their activities in the field of family and child law.

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There has been no attempt made to produce yet another textbook of psychology. Several standard works already exist for study by those specialising in this field and for consultation by any interested person. Rather, in this book, an attempt has been made to provide a readable and yet reasonably comprehensive outline of the salient features of psychological issues for lawyers and other professionals involved in family and child law practice. Experience suggests that there is a clear need for a source of basic psychological information to be readily available to those professionals who are not expert in psychology. Fairly substantial detail is therefore made available in respect of the common psychological problems but the emphasis has not been on detail but – being mindful that this work is directed primarily at a non-expert readership – on understanding.

Family and, in particular, child proceedings attract a wide range of professionals who each contribute their particular expertise. These professionals include judges, lawyers, social workers and those assessing parenting skills and children’s guardians. Medical professionals such as paediatricians, adult psychiatrists and child and adolescent psychiatrists are also commonly involved. It is hoped these professionals will find this work of use to them in their activities in the field of family and child law.

C L van Rooyen

October 2014

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