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ERIC Number: ED318934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-May
Pages: 57
Abstractor: N/A
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The Assessment of Emotional Distress in Personal Injury Litigation.
Smith, Brent Roderick
This document asserts that civil litigation of personal injury claims involving emotional distress is commonplace in American society today. It recognizes that expert witness testimony often plays a key role in the rewarding or denial of damages in such claims and that the psychologist's role as an expert witness in such matters entails unique challenges and considerations. Findings from a literature review are presented to assist the psychological practitioner in gaining an understanding of the assessment process relative to civil litigation involving emotional distress claims. An overview examines psychological and legal definitions, traces the history of emotional damages in personal injury litigation, and follows the evolution of the psychologist's status in the courts. Specific issues of the diagnostic process, the determination of malingering, and the use of psychological tests are discussed. Recommendations for the application of the findings and further research are offered. (Author/NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A