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Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles, Second Edition
Grisso, Thomas
Professional Resource Press / Hardcover / 2013-12-01 / 1568871449
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220 pages
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This title appears on the American Board of Forensic Psychology (ABFP) suggested reading list

Much has happened in the 15 years since the publication of the original Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles (FEJ). Since the original Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles was published, the U.S. juvenile justice system itself has been transformed. The original Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles was written during the so-called "super-predator" era of the 1990s, when all state laws had been modified to "get tough" on young offenders, providing them with "adult time for adult crime." Soon after the original Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles was published, a national reform began to take shape, fueled by new neuroscience on development of the adolescent brain and new behavioral research on ways that adolescents' self-control and judgment were still maturing. The most recent decade also saw the development of massive programs, by government and private foundations, focused on reforming juvenile justice to adopt policies that responded to juveniles' offenses in developmentally appropriate ways.

What changed in Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles second edition?

One-third of the content has undergone major revisions.

Two-thirds of the citations in the reference section are publications since the first edition of Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles.

Changes in the second edition include new statutes and case law pertaining to juvenile cases, new developmental science regarding capacities and disorders in adolescence, new research on the application of developmental science to juvenile forensic evaluations, and the development of new structured assessment methods for every area of evaluation.

Another difference between the first and second editions is the addition of a number of discussions of the relevance of race, ethnicity, and culture when performing forensic evaluations of juveniles; a vital area in performing appropriate forensic evaluations. With an upsurge in immigrations and increased cultural diversity amongst youth, there is now an intense need to address these issues since most adolescents who are examined are youth of color with ethnic and economic backgrounds that should influence our interpretation of forensic assessment data.

The second edition addresses exactly the same types of forensic evaluations as the first edition, because they continue to be the most common evaluations for forensic psychologists and other examiners. The structure and format are also identical between the first and second editions.


"In the 15 years between the first and second editions of Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles, the work of Thomas Grisso has transformed the law of juvenile justice. It is impossible to overstate the immense impact—on clinical practice and on public policy—that this book has already had. The appearance of a new and thoroughly updated edition is an occasion for the field to celebrate.”
-John Monahan, PhD, Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia

“In the second edition of Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles, Grisso brings his classic text up to date, incorporating developments of the past 15 years. His second edition is a clear, thoughtful, practical guide—a must for practitioners in this area. I can’t think of a better introduction for new evaluators or a better review and update for experienced ones.”
-Philip H. Witt, PhD, ABPP, Past President, American Academy of Forensic Psychology (also fully reviewed at:

“Grisso’s original Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles was a ground-breaking guide to specialized juvenile forensic evaluations when none existed. In this second edition, he provides updates in law, ethics, science and practice in the same rigorous, succinct style. A superb resource for clinicians, legal professionals, and policy-makers.”
-Kirk Heilbrun, PhD, Drexel University

Table of Contents

Author's Introduction to the Second Edition
Chapter 1: Preparing for Evaluations in Delinquency Cases
Chapter 2: Juveniles' Waiver of Miranda Rights
Chapter 3: Juveniles' Competence to Stand Trial
Chapter 4: Assessing Juveniles' Risk of Harm to Others
Chapter 5: Rehabilitation Evaluations of Juveniles
Chapter 6: Evaluations for Juveniles' Waiver to Criminal Court
Chapter 7: Professional and Ethical Forensic Practice in Juvenile Cases
Subject Index

CE Program

A supplemental 14-credit, 140 question continuing education program is available for this book. To order the complete program (this book and CE test module or test module alone if you already have access to this book), click here: CE Program (14 Credits): Forensic Evaluation of Juveniles (2nd Edition)

About the Author

Thomas Grisso, PhD, ABPP, is Professor of Psychiatry, Director of Psychology, and Director of the Law-Psychiatry Program at University of Massachusetts Medical School. For over 30 years, his professional work has aimed at improving courts’ decisions and mental health professionals’ evaluations in legal cases pertaining to juveniles and persons with mental disorders. His contributions bridge research and practice. His research studies of developmental factors related to youths’ interrogation and adjudication have influenced US Supreme Court decisions as well as basic policy and practice in our juvenile courts nationwide. His dedication to forensic practice is reflected in his role as Executive Director of the American Board of Forensic Psychology. Dr. Grisso’s work has been recognized by awards from the American Psychological Association (1995, Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy), the American Psychiatric Association (2005, Isaac Ray Award), the Royal College of Psychiatrists (2006, honorary fellow), and the American Psychology-Law Society (2012, Distinguished Contribution to Psychology and Law). Other books by Dr. Grisso addressing juvenile issues are Double Jeopardy: Adolescent Offenders with Mental Disorders (2004); Mental Health Screening and Assessment in Juvenile Justice (2005; coauthor, Guilford Press); and Evaluating Adjudicative Competence: A Guide for Clinical Practice (2005; Professional Resource Press).

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