Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychiatry: Minimizing Harm

TitleEthical Issues in Forensic Psychiatry: Minimizing Harm
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsSadoff, RL, Baird, JA
Pagination1 online resource.
PublisherJohn Wiley,
Place PublishedChichester, West Sussex, England
Publication Languageeng
ISBN Number0470971878 (eBook)
Accession Number6457474
AbstractEthical medical practice and treatment in psychiatry are based on the concept of first do no harm. However, this cannot, and does not, apply to forensic cases where there is no doctor–patient relationship and the forensic psychiatrist may indeed cause harm to the examinee. In this book, Robert Sadoff analyzes the ethical issues affecting forensic psychiatric practice, especially those promulgated by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Within those guidelines, he looks at individual bias, vulnerability of the examinee, and potential harm to the mental health professional. The book discusses each of the procedures of the forensic expert separately with respect to minimizing harm. It has been written with an international audience in mind and features chapters reviewing the European and UK perspectives, by Emanuele Valenti and John Baird, respectively. Robert Sadoff addresses the long-term harm that can be either avoided or minimized through careful planning and application of ethical principles. He is not advocating that the harm can be totally eliminated, because that is impossible in the adversarial system in which forensic psychiatrists work. However, there are means by which harm may be minimized if care is taken during the assessment, the report writing, and the testimony phase of the proceedings. The book develops the scope of forensic psychiatry from the standpoint of administrative, civil and criminal cases. It presents the practical issues involved in conducting forensic psychiatric assessments under various conditions plus special considerations, such as bias, minimizing harm, developing a therapeutic approach, and elaborating on various vulnerable individuals who are frequently examined in forensic cases. These include juveniles, mentally retarded, autistic, sexual assault victims, the elderly, the organically damaged, the psychotic, and mentally disabled prisoners. Immigrants are covered in a chapter by Solange Margery Bertoglia. The ethical issues in conducting forensic psychiatric examinations and presenting psychiatric testimony in court are examined and discussed. Cases illustrating the difficulties involved punctuate the presentation. The book closes with a fascinating account of the legal perspective by Donna Vanderpool.
Notes10.1002/978047097188810.1002/9780470971888 Wiley InterScience:by Robert L. Sadoff ; with contributions from John A. Baird ... [et al.].Includes bibliographical references and index.Ethical issues in forensic psychiatry in the United States -- Minimizing harm : a perspective from forensic psychiatry in the U.K. (by John A. Baird) -- Ethics and human rights in forensic psychiatry in Europe (by Emanuele Valenti) -- The forensic psychiatric examination -- The forensic psychiatric report -- Expert psychiatric testimony -- Children and adolescents, the elderly -- The mentally retarded, and severely mentally disabled -- The victims and predators of sexual violence -- Immigrants : a vulnerable population (by Solange Margery) -- Prisoners and death row inmates -- The forensic expert : risks and liability -- Risks of harm to the forensic expert : the legal perspective (by Donna L. Vanderpool).Description based on print version record.*UIUC Online Collection Online Resource Accessible anywhere on the UIUC campus or with UIUC NetID
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