Issues in the Forensic Assessment of the Black Adolescent

  • Richard A. Ellison
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 4)


There is no reason to believe that the general principles of medical and psychiatric diagnosis and treatment cannot be uniformly applied to all people, regardless of their race. This is equally true in the area of adolescent psychiatry and the law. However, there are a number important reasons for the serious student of forensic psychiatry to pause to consider separately the Afro-American. The social, political, economic, and legal disenfranchisement of blacks has continued unabated for decades since the official end of slavery.1,2,3 Indeed, racism can even be found in the traditions of the practice of American psychiatry.3,4 It is obvious that a group with such a unique history and common experience would be likely to have differences in their behavior and psychology that would warrant special attention.


Violent Crime Black Male Conduct Disorder Black Youth Uniform Crime Report 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard A. Ellison
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  1. 1.William S. Hall Psychiatric InstituteColumbiaUSA

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