The Neuropsychological Assessment of Justice-Involved Men: Descriptive Analysis, Preliminary Data, and a Case for Group-Specific Norms
Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, Volume 32, Issue 8, December 2017, Pages 929–942
14 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2020 Last revised: 26 Jun 2020
Date Written: December 1, 2017
Neuropsychological expertise has played an increasing role in legal decision-making in criminal contexts. Valid neuropsychological evidence in criminal forensic contexts requires normative data that are representative of justice-involved individuals. Unfortunately, existing normative data appear unlikely to represent justice-involved individuals due to significant demographic and clinical factors specific to this population. As a result, the interpretation of neuropsychological performance with justice-involved individuals using existing normative data may increase the risk of inaccurate description, invalid clinical conceptualization, misdiagnosis of impairment, and misattribution of deficits in functional-legal capacities. The current study aimed to examine the use of neuropsychological assessment with justice-involved men.
Keywords: Forensic neuropsychology, Assessment, Norms/normative studies, Head injury, Traumatic brain injury
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