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Disclosure, denial, delay, recantation, and confirmation in CSA

Despite several years of high quality research in CSA, courts continue to hear that patterns of disclosure, denial, delay, and recantation are (or are not) dispositive of CSA. In their review of these issues in a recent special issue of Memory, London, Ceci, Wright, and Ceci (2008) draw the following conclusions: “We have argued that, […]

Dummy’s Guide to Risk Reduction for Sex Offenders

For human beings, there are two primary classes of constraints against doing wrong or bad: intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic constraints focus on the offender’s internalized norms, conscience, empathy capacity, impulse control, and ability to foresee and be constrained by anticipated consequences of the offense behavior. Intrinsic constraints against offending behavior may be weakened through the […]

Psychology and the Human Condition III (last)

So what does psychology contribute to our understanding of the human condition? What does psychology contribute to our understanding of solutions to human problems?  Better, how does psychology address your understanding of the human situation? Very little I fear.  I often use the term “human predicament,” but this carries the critical supposition that there is something […]

Internship Matches

Another piece of our 2010 HPA presentation on training and workforce issues in professional psychology concerned how well local training programs are preparing graduates for two career hurdles: internship selection and the passing the Examination for Professional Practice in Hawaii (EPPP).  I’ll present the numbers in two separate posts and let everyone give them their […]

Bias

Occasionally, after I have completed an evaluation and proffered an opinion, a party accuses me of “bias.”  I think this means they disagree with my opinion. Most people cannot define “bias” very well.  Karen Franklin defines bias very nicely in her Feedblitz forensic psychology blog. I quote her below: The term bias refers to a […]

Forensic Clinician’s Tool Box: Competency to Stand Trial measures

Assessment psychologists need a wide range of tools to address the variety of assessment challenges that arise in daily practice.  Not that different from a set of wrenches and scredrivers designed for every type of bolt and screw. It is perhaps not surprising that many psychologists persist in using “traditional” assessment measures in forensic psychological assessment […]

17,000 Helens agree — Bad Parents are Bad News

But seriously, check out http://www.cdc.gov/ace/index.htm. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study is one of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being. The study is a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Appraisal Clinic in San Diego. More than 17,000 […]

Is heterosexual male attraction to “underage” females a mental disorder?

This topic is hot, no pun intended, as the diagnostic categories for the proposed DSM-V are being debated. Researchers are jockying to have their preferences enshrined in the manual. One group is arguing that heterosexual male attraction to teenage girls is a paraphilia (hebephilia). There is plenty of laboratory research evidence that indicates that male sexual […]

Court-Involved Therapists

I have previously discussed the problems frequently encountered with court-involved therapists (typically child therapists in divorce and child custody cases). Just discovered a helpful additional source of information in the Journal of Child Custody. Definitely worth a read. Will report on it later. Reference: Greenberg, LR, Gould-Saltman, DJ, & Gottlieb, MC. (2008). ‘Playing in their […]

Remiss in my blogging duties

I have been remiss in my blogging duties.  Aside from finishing a series of articles on self-presentation and psychological assessment, which I will report on tomorrow, I have been finishing up the magisterial work on the Korean War by the late David Halberstam (The Coldest Winter).  It is not just about the war, but the […]