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Sep
07

Quality of Parent-Child Relationship—Not Parental Conflict—is Best Predictor of Outcomes for Children in Custody Arrangements

In determining custody arrangements, parental conflict has been overrated, and parent-child relationships are more closely linked to child outcome. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured […]

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Aug
31

Predictors of Reconviction in Lithuanian Offenders using the MMPI-2-RF

Good evidence was found for the construct validity of the MMPI-2-RF in a sample of Lithuanian offenders, with scale scores differentiating between various offender groups in a manner consistent with conceptual expectations. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings […]

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Aug
24

Examining the Validity of Risk Assessments in Predicting General, Nonsexual Violence in Sexual Offenders

This study, published in Law and Human Behavior, provides implications with respect to the accurate assessment of institutional violence risk within a sex offender population. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law and Human Behavior | 2018, Vol. 42, […]

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Aug
17

Understanding the Developmental Course and Severity of Criminality Among Individuals with SMI

This study, published in Law and Human Behavior, examines differences in criminal, health, demographic, and social functioning characteristics among several groups of forensic mental health clients. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law and Human Behavior | 2018, Vol. […]

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Aug
10

Criminal Culpability of Juveniles: Adult Time for Adult Crime or Differential Treatment?

This article summarizes the developmental differences between adolescents and adults, providing implications for differential treatment under criminal law. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article […]

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Aug
03

Miranda comprehension and misconceptions reflect distinct abilities

Contrary to widespread assumptions, serious Miranda misconceptions commonly occur, even among detainees with intact verbal abilities and those with extensive arrest histories. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of […]

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Jul
27

Implementing DBT in Forensic Settings

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), in partnership with the Risk Need Responsivity (RNR) principles, has the potential to reduce recidivism risk within the criminal justice system. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | International Journal of Forensic Mental Health | 2018, […]

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Jul
20

I was Born this Way: Psychopathology Etiology Determines Level of Blame

Criminals with a genetically predisposed psychopathology are seen as more blameworthy than those having psychopathology with an environmental etiology. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy, and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured […]

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Jul
13

Confidence ratings may mitigate problematic influences on child witnesses

Ratings-based procedures can be used on children to mitigate problematic influences on child witnesses’ decision-making. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law and Human […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Translating Research into Practice
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Jul
06

Diversion Completion Related to Criminological, Clinical, Psychosocial, and Procedural Factors

Diversion completion is related to criminological, clinical, psychosocial, and procedural factors. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | International Journal of Forensic Mental […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Translating Research into Practice
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Jun
29

Missed Treatment Appointments, Mental Health, and Recidivism Among Forensic ADHD Patients

Treatment appointment no-show rates are related to serious psychopathological factors in forensic ADHD patients. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | International Journal […]

By Amanda Beltrani | Translating Research into Practice
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Jun
22

Cognitive bias: A cause for concern

Most evaluators express concern over cognitive bias but hold an incorrect view that mere willpower can reduce bias. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychology, Public Policy and Law. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article […]

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