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(p. 1) The Evolution of Psychology and Law 

(p. 1) The Evolution of Psychology and Law
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(p. 1) The Evolution of Psychology and Law
Author(s):

Thomas Grisso

and Stanley L. Brodsky

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190688707.003.0001
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date: 14 November 2018

This chapter examines the important motives, forces, and social conditions that influenced the growth of psychology and law as a science and profession during three eras: a legal psychology phase early in the 20th century, a dormant phase from the 1930s to the 1960s, and the modern era of psychology and law from the 1960s to the present. Analysis of the modern era especially emphasizes the contributions of the American Psychology–Law Society as a provider of the infrastructure for growth in research and forensic practice. The diversity of the field is examined as a source of frequent challenge and conflict, but also as a reason for the field’s energy and resilience as the Society approaches its 50th anniversary.

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