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13 Behav. Sci. & L. 1 (1995)

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Behavioral Sciences and the Law, Vol. 13, 1 (1995)

                      Introduction to
                      this issue

                      INTRODUCTION TO
                      PSYCHOLEGAL ASPECTS OF

In modem society, death has become a matter of great interest and concern to
behavioral scientists generally, but most particularly to those who work at the interface
between law and behavioral science. Virtually all deaths raise legal issues of one
sort or another, and most raise psychological concerns as well. This issue of Behavioral
Sciences and the Law is devoted to psycholegal aspects of death.
  The first two articles tackle the difficult legal and psychological issues that arise
when the law tries to regulate people's decision-making about their own deaths.
Psychologist Donna M. Maier and attorney Michael J. Newman explore these con-
cerns with regard to adults in their article, Legal and Psychological Considerations
in the Development of a Euthanasia Statute for Adults in the United States. Jennifer
L. Evans then explores similar concerns with regard to minors in Are Children
Competent to Make Decisions About Their Own Deaths?
  Next, psychiatrist Stanley A. Terman looks at the value placed upon life by courts
in wrongful death actions, and the process by which the law arrives at such value.
In Emotional Damages Due to Wrongful Death: What Are They Worth? he
presents and traces the development of his new scale, the Loss of Enjoyment of
Life- Severity Scale.
  Criminal justice researchers Jonathan R. Sorensen and Donald H. Wallace then
examine an area of psycholegal concern in which the law not only governs death
but imposes it: capital punishment. In Capital Punishment in Missouri: Examining
the Issue of Racial Disparity, they add to the growing body of data suggesting
that the death penalty in the United States is imposed in a racially biased manner.
  Next psychologist James C. Overholser examines yet another aspect of individual
control over one's own death: suicide. His article, Treatment of Suicidal Patients:
A Risk-Benefit Analysis, provides clinical and legal guidelines for mental health
professionals working with potentially suicidal patients.
   Finally, in The Police Officer as Survivor: Death Confrontations and the Police
 Subculture, a veteran police officer and criminal justice scholar and researcher,
 Sgt. Vincent E. Henry of the New York City Police Department, applies the psy-
 chology of survival to the subculture of urban policing, where exposure to death
 is an all too frequent occurrence.
                                            Charles Patrick Ewing, J. D., Ph.D.
                                     Co-Editor, Behavioral Science and the Law

© 1995 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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