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Introduction

Psychological forensic assessment aims to contribute to rational problem-solving in a forensic context when judgements have to be made about conditions or consequences of human behaviour brought to (criminal or civil) court. We describe a decision-oriented model of the process of psychological assessment that can serve as a general framework for psychological assessment concerning forensic questions. Frequently asked forensic questions relate to (1) psychological problems of parental custody and contact with children after divorce, (2) credibility of witness statements, and (3) prognosis of offence recidivism.

General Concept

Modern psychological forensic assessment is conceived as an aid for optimizing forensic problem solving in a scientific process of hypotheses-testing. The assessment process can be regarded as a sequence of decisions. Decisions during planning have a crucial impact on assessment ...

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