International Perspectives in Psycholegal Research

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(11), 792-794. Review of book: “Psychology and law: A critical introduction,” by Andreas Kapardis (see record 1997-36330-000). The interface of psychology and law is a growing field of research both in the United States and abroad. Kapardis's book is the latest attempt to provide an overview of this research for undergraduate and graduate students. The strength of this textbook lies in its international perspective. Kapardis includes research from laboratories in Australia, Germany, England, Israel, New Zealand, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United States in his description of applicable empirical data. This multinational approach makes this text a useful resource for experienced psycholegal researchers. However, it does not seem to be appropriate as a reference for beginning students of psychology and law. This conclusion is based on the following characteristics of the textbook: lack of clarity in writing style and reliance on jargon, confusing organizational structure, and occasionally questionable explanations of relevant literature. However, our concerns do not minimize the usefulness of this text as a resource for experienced researchers seeking information about psychology and law from an international perspective. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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