The Law and Child Abuse

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1993, Vol 38(12), 1319–1320. Reviews the book, Legal Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect by John E. B. Myers (see record 1992-98629-000). In this book, Myers reviews the day-to-day process of the legal system, defining such terms as discovery, evidence, and competence, he also includes very useful chapters focusing on forensically defensible interviews, what experts can and cannot talk about in cases of child abuse and neglect litigation, and a careful walk-through of what to expect during cross-examination A number of other issues are expertly discussed as well, including reporting laws, balancing the need for confidentiality with the requirements of disclosure by certain designated professional groups, and what to expect and how to deal with lawsuits against professionals who work with abused and neglected children. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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