ERIC Number: ED229120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Psychiatric Expert in the Case of an Emotionally Maltreated Child: Videotape Manual.
Spearly, James L.; And Others
In response to requests for information relating to the emotional maltreatment of children, the Region 6 Child Abuse and Neglect Resource Center produced a videotape depicting a fictional courtroom hearing conducted to determine whether or not a child should be temporarily removed from his parents' custody on the grounds of emotional maltreatment. The aim of the simulation was to highlight key issues and procedures surrounding the testimony of an expert psychiatric witness in the effort to familiarize lawyers, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and others with the complexities involved. The specific type of maltreatment alleged in the testimony involved the parents' neglect of their child's emotional needs as implied by a diagnosis of previous nonorganic failure to thrive. This manual, designed to accompany the videotape, focuses on the statutory and administrative framework for state intervention and provides descriptions of legal proceedings before trial, participants in the trial, and the expert psychiatric witness at the trial. Appendices provide a list of child behaviors and parental behaviors indicative of maltreatment and a flowchart illustrating a systematic approach to juvenile court procedures involved in processing cases of emotional abuse. Also included in the manual are tips on courtroom demeanor, intended to help the expert respond to direct- and cross-examination with maximum credibility. (RH)
Region VI Resource Center for Children, Youth, and Families, 2609 University Avenue, Suite 4.108, Austin, TX 78712 (Paper, $3.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Region VI Resource Center on Child Abuse and Neglect.
Identifiers: Emotional Abuse; Expert Witness; Parent Behavior; State Initiatives; Testimony