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Psychological Injuries: Forensic Assessment, Treatment, and Law

William J. Koch, Kevin S. Douglas, Tonia L. Nicholls, and Melanie L. O'Neill


Human emotional suffering has been studied for centuries, but the significance of psychological injuries within legal contexts has only recently been recognized. As the public becomes increasingly aware of the ways in which mental health affects physical—and financial—well-being, psychological injuries comprise a rapidly growing set of personal injury insurance claims. Although the problems that people claim to suffer from are serious and often genuine, the largely subjective and unobservable nature of psychological conditions has led to much skepticism about the authenticity of psychological ... More

Keywords: emotional suffering, mental health, well-being, insurance claims, psychological injury claims, psychological distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, forensic assessments

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195188288
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195188288.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William J. Koch, author
University of British Columbia

Kevin S. Douglas, author
Simon Fraser University
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Tonia L. Nicholls, author
University of British Columbia