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Briefly describe the major roles and responsibilities of a forensic psychology professional in Juvenile subspecialty.
Describe any seminal court cases that may have influenced the practice of forensic psychology within the juvenile subspecialty.

Explain at least two of the most common ethical dilemmas and/or challenges encountered by the forensic psychology professional in the juvenile subspecialty. Be specific. Explain how you might resolve each dilemma.
Explain any unresolved controversial issues a forensic psychology professional might face in the juvenile subspecialty.

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The solution provides information, assistance and advise in tackling the task on the topic of juvenile justice. Juvenile justice in forensic psychology practice is discusses, 2 seminal cases are identified as well as 2 ethical issues and their mitigation. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.

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1. About Juvenile Forensic Psychology - 100 words
2. Sample Court cases - 150 words
3. Ethical dilemmas and resolutions - 150 words

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Juvenile Forensic Psychology:
Forensic psychology specialists in the field of juvenile justice have pretty much a similar set of responsibilities to forensic psychology experts dealing with adult justice with the difference being that they have to cater their practice to the limitations and added concerns when dealing with children and the youth. Being juveniles, they have a different set of standards adhered to as they are not subject to majority of the legal tenets and are considered legally and socially, still subject to the limitations and flaws of being underage in terms of mental, psychological and social capacity. Juvenile delinquents are the terms used to refer to youths fewer than 18 who offend and re-offend. Among the main areas of concern in this particular field are as follows (Cherry, 2013): Competency evaluations, Sentencing recommendations, Evaluations of the risk of re-offending, and Testimony as an expert witness. For instance, with juveniles being under 18, one of the main questions being asked prior to a court setting is if they are competent enough to stand trial. Another key concern in relation to juveniles is if they can provide valid eyewitness testimony and appear as such in court. In fact, it is argued that forensic psychology today has largely been ...

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