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Matthew T. Huss & Leah Skovran

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 90: Forensic Clinical Psychology: Sensationalism and Reality

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Forensic Clinical Psychology: Sensationalism and Reality
Forensic clinical psychology: Sensationalism and reality

One of the things that make being a forensic psychologist both a joy and a challenge is its sex appeal. That's right, forensic psychology is a sexy topic. Forensic psychology is inherently appealing at some very basic level that gets students and the everyday person interested in the topic. However, with this sex appeal comes the challenge. People think they have a good sense of forensic psychology and the different things a forensic psychologist does. The problem is that this sense comes from many of the sensational aspects of forensic psychology that are frequently exaggerated or simply inaccurate. In this chapter, we will try to maintain this sex appeal while we define forensic psychology, ...

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