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Initial Impressions of Psychology and the Law” Please respond to the following:


  • Per the text, one issue with the adversarial nature of the legal system is that it can place pressure on a psychologist to align their evaluation in accordance with the party (either prosecutor or defense) who hires them. Give your opinion as to whether or not there is a compelling public need to prevent dueling psychological medical evaluations because of this issue. Provide a rationale for your response.

  • Review the video titled “Mental Health Matters” (2 min 59 s), located below. You may also view the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6o2dxRjN9c. Next, identify two (2) common types of mental health problems, as well as two (2) common causes of mental health problems. Finally, explain the importance of diagnosing and treating mental health problems as offenders move through the legal system. Justify your position.



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