Handbook of Forensic Sociology and Psychology

  • Stephen J. Morewitz
  • Mark L. Goldstein

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. James T. Richardson
    Pages 77-85
  3. Rosemary J. Erickson, Sandra J. Erickson
    Pages 87-102
  4. Michael J. Witkowski
    Pages 103-108
  5. Lisa Taylor-Austin
    Pages 109-113
  6. Daniel L. Davis, Terrance J. Kukor
    Pages 115-143
  7. Daisy Switzer
    Pages 145-158
  8. John P. Bair, John P. Bair, Kathleen M. Long
    Pages 201-214
  9. Stephen J. Morewitz
    Pages 215-222
  10. Stephen J. Morewitz
    Pages 223-229
  11. Stephen J. Morewitz
    Pages 231-237
  12. Stephen J. Morewitz
    Pages 281-304
  13. Mark L. Goldstein
    Pages 305-321
  14. Demosthenes Lorandos
    Pages 323-344
  15. A. Antonio González-Prendes
    Pages 345-362
  16. Daniel S. Lobel
    Pages 363-374
  17. Stephen J. Morewitz
    Pages 375-389
  18. Philip M. Levin, Stephen J. Morewitz
    Pages 391-395
  19. Back Matter
    Pages 455-466

About this book


Since their emergence as social sciences, psychology and sociology have found a natural home in the justice system. And while the term forensics often translates into CSI scenarios in the public imagination, the bulk of the work takes place in the courtroom, where lawyers, judges, and jurors rely on psychology and sociology experts for aid in decision making. 

The Handbook of Forensic Sociology and Psychology offers comprehensive, straightforward coverage of the impact of social science on the spectrum of civil and criminal legal issues. This unique reference guides readers through the work of professionals in both fields as expert witnesses, as consultants before and during trials, and in critiquing legal and law enforcement procedure. Offering expert insights into the making and breaking of laws, contributors analyze forensic psychology and sociology theories and methods used in areas as diverse as immigration, divorce and family, product liability, and employment and education related litigation. A range of evaluative procedures, from custody to competency, child abuse to the death penalty, is examined as well. Other topics featured in the Handbook include: 

  • The problem of interrogation-induced false confession.
  • The role of the gang expert in court.
  • Gender analysis in military court-martials.
  • Sociological theory and methods in suicide litigation.
  • Psychosocial theories about anger and their relevance in litigation.
  • Neuropsychological testing standards and ethics.

The Handbook of Forensic Sociology and Psychology opens out this increasingly important field for criminologists, and gives researchers in forensic psychology and sociology clear insights into challenges and opportunities facing these fields.


Criminal justice Criminal profiling Discrimination lawsuits Domestic violence Forensic psychology Forensic sociology Gang violence Immigration litigation Injury-related litigation Sexual harassment Sociological court testimony Suicidal risk

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen J. Morewitz
    • 1
  • Mark L. Goldstein
    • 2
  1. 1.Nursing and Health SciencesCalifornia State University, East BaySan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.College of MedicineUniversity of IllinoisChicagoUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-7177-6
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-7178-3
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