Clinical psychologist when dealing with case study involving divorce parents will need to understand the evaluation process. The parents will first need to fill in the parenting history survey form. The PHS is a long questionnaire having 100 questions is filling in. The question enables the psychologist is able to understand how the couple met, the marriage life, information on the separation and divorce life (Cesi, 1993). Both the parents are to hand in the form to enable the carrying out of the psychological assessment test. The test is performed in a monitor room with a video tape session to save as evidence. Every family member will participate in the monitor room where the psychologist is able to know them well. The clinical psychologist is to handle the family members independent and no siding with the parties.
When the monitor stage is done the clinical psychologist will now view the statement that was filed. The statements will be both for Doris, the father and the mother. This makes the psychologist be able to know what the main issues from all the parties. The first individual statement to be assessed will be Doris. This statement contains very details of the sexual abuse. Then to able to understand the accusation assessing Doris father statement will be the next step. The psychologist to be able to see whether the accusations are valid viewing Doris mothers statement will be essential.
Then to be sure and confident on the statements the psychologist will need to view Doris and the parents statement when they are separate and together. Areas to assess on the mother will be first need to understand why the marriage was dissolve. Most cases when the father was the one with mistake mothers are usually left with a lot of bitterness making them seek revenge. When the psychogist is able to understand the main reason behind the divorce then can accept the mothers action. The form will show the mothers behavior after the divorce and the relationship with the husband. All this information will help understand the mother capabilities actions.
Need to understand the history of Doris father before marrying the mother. Even in marriage the father characteristics the father used to have. After the divorce the psychologist will need to know what kind of behavior Doris father acquired. Doris will simply determine what relation the child has with the father. Most assaulting cases can be a collaboration of the mother and the child need to full determine the child relationship to both parents. Dig the father characteristics to see if the father has some background characteristics of assaulting.
The psychologist will need to observe the child to determine whether the pain of assaulting is off the mind. When the child is still tortured then facing a judging panel can be so hard. The clinical psychologist will need to offer counseling session. This counseling session will enable Doris be confident enough to answer all questions both true and false from the trial. This enables the trial be able to pass fair judgment to the father. This will be the stage that the assaulting changes will be proven. Forensic interviews are hard with children since the construct stories differently. The psychologist will need to be able to understand clearly the setting, events, response, plan, attempt, consequences and resolution of children (Bruck, 1998).
Also making children to fully trust and tell the story can be a problem. The forensic interviewer will need to be able to understand the memory that affects the child recall the abuse repeatedly. When interviewing the child need first to establish a relationship with the child to earn trust. Then address the child relationship with both parents separately and together. This relationship will help determine if the charges of the father are true. Other areas to consider will be getting additional information from outside parties (Poole, 2002). The forensic report will have all the answers of the questionnaire of the parents. The child interview reports and the statements of all the parties will be in the forensic report. The addition information from other parties will be in the forensic report.
Tommy Cruizes case investigation will first have to dig the background information. Tommy in order to know whether the sexual abuse are true will need to first carry out a questionnaire to able to know clear what kind of childhood life Tommy lived. The questionnaire will be filled with Tommy together with the family. This information is very important since outside parties are participating. Information from the questionnaire will help detect whether Tommy as a child had characteristics of sex abuse victim. Interacting with Tommy peers will help show all the kind of activities and characteristic in the childhood life. Investigations on Tommy marriage life are crucial to determine the insanity level.
Information from Tommy Cruizes life will enable in determining the allegations. Sexual abuse victims always have a common characteristics and Tommy needs to have shown this characteristics in the lifetime outside prison. Tommy if the abuse is true then precise information on the date, place and manner of assault need to be clear (Bruck, 1995). Tommy history from two or more parties needs to show either physical, emotional or psychological signs of the abuse. Tommy if the abuse is needs to have sense of hopelessness and depression at one time. Torture from the assaulter needs to be clearly in Tommy mood and tone accusations. The sexual abuse of Tommy needs to have some grooming evidence. Tommy’s sexual abuser needs to hold drugs, strong sex drive, alcohol and dysfunctional background.
Information from Tommy history needs to show a bitter relationship with the assaulter. The sexual abuser to Tommy needs to have other sexual abuse charges to strongly show the assault was true. All the above characteristics will have to come up clearly to help have the maximum confidence to the sexual abuse claims. Investigations will need to have interviews from different people Tommy interacted. The first interview will be of Tommy to get all the sexual abuse claims. This information from Tommy will play a major role in determining the insanity level. Tommy will need to give all information from childhood to marriage. This information will help determine Tommy relationship with the famous wife. The next person in the interview will be Tommy’s parents.
The parents information will help show clear any signs Tommy had of the sexual claims. The parents will also show Tommy marriage life relationship with the peers. Also interviewing Brittania Spearse parents is essential in getting information of what kind of person was Brittania. Tommy wife parents will also give additional information in the marriage life and Tommy as an individual. Interviewing both Tommy and Brittania friends is also important in coming up with information. Tommys sexual abuse claims will making interviewing the abuser together with people in the abuser life be important. Tommy level of insanity will call for an interview of the workmates and neighbors of the Cruizes family.
All the information from different parties will clearly show the enough evidence to determine whether the sexual abuse is true. Tommy level of insanity will be seen clearly when all the information match a specific truth. When the investigations are done correctly the detecting truth and lie becomes very easy. A polygraph test is essential since solid and clear evidence of the claims are proven (Colin, 2002). Tommy needs the polygraph test results together to the investigation to enable coming up of claims and insanity conclusion. A theory of homicide that can enable explain the murder will be performing investigation, collecting all the information, carry out tests and perform the polygraph test. Conducting the above steps with care will enable come up with a match to the murder case.
For any forensics neuropsychologists there are several established test that can be used to assess and make sure that the level of damage caused to any purportedly injured party are true and accurate. The work of neuropsychologists is mainly to analyze persons with concentration and memory problems with a definite aim of determining the extent of the diagnosed deficit. For them to reach a conclusion they normally administer certain tests. For short memory, the tests include; Mini Mental Examination test, The Rey Osterrieth Complex Figure test, The Weschler Memory Scale and the California Verbal Learning test. With respect to concentration levels the neuropsychologist uses tests like the; Continuous Performance test, the Trial making test and the Digit Vigilance task (Lezak, 1995). This test may be given or administered using paper and pencil or by computers.
Any test employed by the forensics is dependent on purpose of examination, thoroughness of examination or even neurological intactness of the examinee. Any minimally constituted test should include intelligence, personality and a perceptually motor or a memory test. This minimally constituted test will now direct on which side to invoke more detailed tests. Neuropsychological Assessment is very important when it comes to forensic determination especially in a trial like the one Anastasiadios is involved in. For this matter, there are parts in the brain that dictate certain aspects in the human response system. This behavioral change is paramount in the assessment of the levels of damage. Damage to certain areas of the brain is reflected in the way a person acts or thinks, for example if Anastasiadios was hit near the Frontal Lobe which is associated with parts of speech, movement ,active reasoning, planning, emotions, and problem solving, then any of the above functions could be faulty, if it was near the temporal lobe that is located below the Sylvain fissure, then this part of the brain would affect her discrimination, recognition of sound and voice, and also visual memory storage, if it was on the Parietal Lobe then movement would be problematic, recognition, perception of stimuli and also orientation would too be a problem. If the hit was on the Occipital Lobe then the visual processing would most likely be the problematic area (Grant, 1996). The extent of damage is relative to the effect or deviation from the common and normal way normal person is supposed to function or think. Exaggeration would in most cases be spotted where the claimant insists on his inability to do something that is done by another undamaged area from that hit by the harmer.
Aspects of tests administered
In history taking, as a test of assessment, determination of the medical history of Anastasiadios is highly relevant, secondly is the medical history of the family members, her character and progress of any previous medical complaints and finally her psychosocial history (Walsh, 1991). With respect to another test, the neuropsychological mental status test, (MSE). Its concern is to the addressee’s emotional status, consciousness thought content and its clarity, handwriting, speech, language performance of action, sensory perceptions and memory. In short the aim (MSE) test is to find out the Motor functioning, Perceptual functioning, Verbal functioning Cognitive Functioning and Memory Functioning (Grant, 1996).
This same test is also used to detect deficits co-similar to those of other medical conditions. This test detects changes in mental status. More to this, it can detect problems or deficits with the brain without necessarily seeing structural abnormalities, weakness and strength of the patient, and his ability to stand trial. With respect to interviews, the aim in this is to asses among others, the port (Putnam, 1990).
The Wechsler scale is used in the assessment of intellectual ability, in its nature it easily establishes deficits either by the wide gaps mostly presented in verbal performance. Memory test is incorporated in the revised Wechsler scale test. Non verbal memory is also testable by the; Memory for Designs, Rey-O Complex Figure and Benton Test of Visual Retention (Lezak, 1995). The tests are mainly on perception and image retention capabilities. In conclusion this established test, evaluate the levels of damage done to the brain or a section of it. The forensic neuropsychologists can therefore use the results from the tests to come up with the exact deviations and predict future effect whether they are bound to improve or deteriorate.