Where is the help for juveniles?

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Assignment 3: Juvenile Court

In this assignment, you will focus on evaluations typically conducted for juvenile courts. Some specific purposes of these evaluations include informing the courts of the juvenile's competency and treatment needs and aiding the courts in adjudication decisions. These evaluations also might help the courts determine appropriate sentences for juveniles charged with crimes. The evaluator has the challenging responsibility of presenting the evaluation results for these intended purposes.


Write a 3- to 4-page paper, including the following points:

  • A forensic psychology professional may be asked to conduct different types of juvenile court evaluations. Using the Argosy University online library resources and the Internet, research professional literature available on these evaluations. Professional literature may include relevant textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (.edu, .org, and .gov).
  • Identify and discuss the forensic psychology professional's role in juvenile courts.
  • Compare and contrast three different types of evaluations the forensic psychology professional is asked to perform in juvenile courts.

Your paper should rely upon at least three sources from additional professional literature; the sources must be cited in APA format. Professional literature may include relevant textbooks, peer-reviewed journal articles, and websites created by professional organizations, agencies, or institutions (.edu, .org, and .gov).

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School: Purdue University





Forensic Evaluation and Juvenile Courts
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Forensic Evaluations in The Juvenile Court

The juvenile court, like the adult court, may require a forensic evaluation to be done
on a child to determine several factors that may affect the case. Among the reasons for a
forensic evaluation in a juvenile court are to help the court make a ruling on the case, to
determine the treatment needs of a child involved in court case and the competency of the
juvenile to testify or stand trial in a juvenile court. Depending on the reason for the
evaluation, the types of evaluations vary. In juvenile forensic evaluation, the psychiatrist need
to have experience with child psychiatry. He must understand normal child development and
behaviour, having such understanding enhances the accuracy of the information the
psychiatrist provides to the court such as the risk factors of a child to reoffend. Unlike adults,
children can easily be rehabilitated and it is the role of the evaluator to determine whether the
child should be rehabilitated or they should remain under juvenile custody and whether they
should be tried as juvenile or adults.
The types of juvenile evaluation include emotional injury, fitness to stand trial,...

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