Chapter 16. Misapplication of Psychology in Court

  1. David Carson,
  2. Rebecca Milne,
  3. Francis Pakes,
  4. Karen Shalev and
  5. Andrea Shawyer
  1. Peter J. van Koppen

Published Online: 13 MAY 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470713068.ch16

Applying Psychology to Criminal Justice

Applying Psychology to Criminal Justice

How to Cite

Koppen, P. J. v. (2007) Misapplication of Psychology in Court, in Applying Psychology to Criminal Justice (eds D. Carson, R. Milne, F. Pakes, K. Shalev and A. Shawyer), John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470713068.ch16

Editor Information

  1. Institute of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth, UK

Author Information

  1. Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 MAY 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470015155

Online ISBN: 9780470713068



  • expert witnesses;
  • scientific industry;
  • psychology;
  • criteria based content analysis;
  • sexually abused children


This chapter contains section titled:

  • The Court and the Scientist

  • Assessing Allegations of Sexual Abuse

  • Fact Finders as Scientists

  • Transferring from One Field to Another

  • The Amnesic Killer

  • Answering the Wrong Question

  • Staying within your Domain

  • Conclusions

  • References