Human rights and forensic psychology

Ward, Tony 2008, Human rights and forensic psychology, Legal and criminological psychology, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 209-218, doi: 10.1348/135532508X284301.

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Title Human rights and forensic psychology
Author(s) Ward, Tony
Journal name Legal and criminological psychology
Volume number 13
Issue number 2
Start page 209
End page 218
Publisher British Psychological Society
Place of publication Leicester, England
Publication date 2008-09
ISSN 1355-3259
Summary Objectives. Human rights serve to orientate practitioners to the necessary conditions for a minimally worthwhile life for service users, the prerequisites for a life of dignity and a chance at happiness, and the opportunity to incorporate into their life plans cherished values and goals. In this introduction to the special section paper, I discuss the basic concept of human rights and outline their relevance for clinical practice with offenders.

Method. I explore the core values associated with human rights and suggest that one of their primary functions is to protect the internal and external conditions of individuals' agency and their pursuit of better lives.

Conclusion. I briefly outline the three articles comprising this special section of LCP on human rights that address issues of risk, therapeutic jurisprudence, and the rights of detained persons.
Language eng
DOI 10.1348/135532508X284301
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, The British Psychological Society
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