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Causality of Psychological Injury : Presenting Evidence in Court
Young, Gerald, Andrew W. Kane and Keith Nicholson
Springer (Verlag) / Hardcover / 2007-01-01 / 0387364358
Forensic / Toronto Authors
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This sequel to the authors’ Psychological Knowledge in Court offers a welcome expansion on key concepts, terms, and issues in causality, bringing much needed clarity to psychological injury assessments and the legal contexts that employ them.

Focusing on PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and chronic pain (and grounding readers in salient U.S. and Canadian case law), Causality sets out a multifactorial causality framework to facilitate admissibility of psychological evidence in court. Issues concerning malingering are examined in depth, as are clinical gray areas that can jeopardize validity. At the same time, the book clearly explains what lawyers and clinicians need to understand about each other’s work—of crucial importance since the two sides often seem to speak at cross-purposes.

The authors and six guest contributors

Illustrate the roles of preexisting vulnerabilities, traumatic events, and post-event occurrences in psychological impairment and disability

Review the literature on PTSD, TBI, and chronic pain for legal relevance

Identify current challenges and controversies in the field, as well as emerging areas for research

Recommend methods and instruments for conducting more courtworthy assessments

Provide a detailed critical review of malingering and related phenomena

Propose a more accurate, shared terminology of causality

Valid causality judgments are based on sound knowledge of research on large populations and careful testing of individuals; at the same time they must conform to stringent legal standards of relevance and reliability to be accepted for testimony. Forensic practitioners and attorneys will turn to Causality of Psychological Injury as their professional paths increasingly cross in seeking comprehensive and state of the art information.


Chapter 1. Introduction to Causality: Psychological Evidence in Court
Gerald Young, Andrew W. Kane, Keith Nicholson.


Section I.

Causality and Psychological Evidence: Concepts, Terms, Issues.

Chapter 2. Causality in Psychology and Law
Gerald Young, Andrew W. Kane.

Chapter 3. Causality: Concepts, Issues, and Recommendations
Gerald Young.

Chapter 4. Dictionary of Terms Related to Causality, Causation, Law, and Psychology
Gerald Young, Ronnie Shore.

Chapter 5. Multicausal Perspectives on Psychological Injury I: PTSD and MTBI
Gerald Young.

Chapter 6. Multicausal Perspectives on Psychological Injury II: Chronic Pain
Gerald Young.

Chapter 7. Multicausal Perspectives on Psychological Injury III: Conclusions
Gerald Young.

Chapter 8. Pain, Affect, Nonlinear Dynamical Systems and Chronic Pain: Bringing Order to Disorder
Gerald Young, C. Richard Chapman.

Chapter 9. Considering Course and Treatment in Rehabilitation: Sequential and Dynamic Causality
Douglas Salmon, Marek Celinski, Gerald Young.

Section II.

Causality in Court: Psychological Considerations.
Andrew W. Kane.

Chapter 10. Basic Concepts in Psychology and Law

Chapter 11. Conducting a Psychological Assessment

Chapter 12. Other Psycho-Legal Issues

Chapter 13. Summary and Conclusions

Section III.

Malingering in Psychological Injury: TBI, Pain, and PTSD.
Keith Nicholson, Michael F. Martelli.

Chapter 14. Malingering: Overview and Basic Concepts

Chapter 15. The Effect of Compensation Status

Chapter 16. Malingering: Traumatic Brain Injury

Chapter 17. Malingering: Chronic Pain

Chapter 18. Malingering: Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Depression

Chapter 19. Malingering: Summary and Conclusions


Chapter 20. Causation, Psychology, and Law
Daniel W. Shuman, Jennifer L. Hardy.

Chapter 21. Conclusions on Causality: Psychological Evidence in Court
Gerald Young, Andrew W. Kane, Keith Nicholson.

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