Psychological Evaluations & the Law: Competency to Stand Trial and the Insanity Defense


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Forensic psychology involves what two fields?

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1. Which of these is NOT important when determining whether a person is competent to stand trial?

2. In his meeting with his defense lawyer, Jonathan admitted to committing the crime, but only because voices told him to do it. Might Jonathan be competent to stand trial?

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About this Quiz & Worksheet

Test your ability to break down the insanity defense and forensic psychology in this quiz and worksheet combo. Quiz questions assess your knowledge of forensic psychology and how psychology affects the law.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested over your ability to:

  • Define forensic psychology
  • Person's competence to stand trial
  • Focus of insanity defense
  • Controversy of insanity defense

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related insanity defense lesson
  • Interpreting information- verify that you can read information regarding insanity defense and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall- access the knowledge you've gained regarding the insanity defense

Additional Learning

To review concepts related to forensic psychology, read through the brief lesson on Psychological Evaluations & the Law: Competency to Stand Trial and the Insanity Defense. This lesson will help you:

  • Define abnormal psychology
  • Understand forensic psychology
  • Apply the term competent to stand trial to examples
  • Know what the insanity defense is and how it is used