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Forensic Scholars TodayVolume 3, Issue 2

Suicide Risk in Problem Gamblers: An Introduction for Criminal Justice and Mental Health Professionals

Suicide Risk in Problem Gamblers: An Introduction for Criminal Justice and Mental Health ProfessionalsProblem gambling is seldom identified among leading suicide risk factors, but it should be. This repetitive behavior negatively affects a diverse array of risk factors for suicidal behavior including personal and family life, school or job obligations, financial well-being, and physical and mental health. In turn, compulsive gambling may precipitate or aggravate conditions conducive to suicide. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

Youth Firesetting: An Introduction for Mental Health Counselors

Youth Firesetting: An Introduction for Mental Health CounselorsIn this article, the authors discuss the largely misunderstood behavior of youth firesetting. Youth firesetting is often addressed as a criminal justice-involved matter rather than a mental health and/or societal issue. We discuss the causes of youth firesetting and screening and assessment of both needs and risks and propose coordinated intervention strategies. View online or by PDF.

Zolpidem (Ambien®): An Introduction for Professionals

Zolpidem (Ambien®): An Introduction for ProfessionalsSleep disorders such as insomnia affect many people and their ability to sleep effectively throughout the night. As a result, a new class of medications known as “Z-drugs” has been developed to decrease the frequency of sleep disruptions among such individuals. These drugs produce an inhibitory effect on certain receptors in the brain and make it easier for individuals to fall and stay asleep. However, these drugs can have a negative impact on various aspects of cognitive and behavioral function, warranting further research on the benefits and consequences of such medications. View online or by PDF.

Mysopeds: A Need for Increased Awareness, Understanding, and Training

Mysopeds: A Need for Increased Awareness, Understanding, and TrainingMysopeds are dangerous individuals who receive sexual gratification through sadistic emotional and physical harm of children (Hickey, 2003; Holmes & Holmes, 2002). This intentional infliction of harm is usually repetitive and torturous, taking a range of forms including rape, mutilation, cannibalism, and necrophilia. View online or by PDF.

Parricide: An Introduction for Clinical and Forensic Mental Health Professionals

Parricide: An Introduction for Clinical and Forensic Mental Health ProfessionalsIn this article, we explore the extant literature on parricide, the murder of a parent by a child. We discuss perpetrator characteristics, victim-perpetrator murder scenarios, family risk factors, and other research findings. The article touches on key factors, providing a baseline of information for those in the criminal justice system and mental health fields who may encounter cases of parricide. Learn more. View online or by PDF.

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Message from the Editor

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) refers to a set of pervasive, life-long conditions caused by prenatal alcohol exposure. The consequences associated with prenatal alcohol exposure can contribute to a host of adverse outcomes that can impact behavioral, cognitive, educational, social, and vocational capacities. Deficits associated with FASD can lead to individual issues with decision-making, long-term planning and understanding, memory, suggestibility, confabulation, and vulnerability, all of which may predispose individuals with FASD to come into contact with the criminal justice system. Without proper recognition of the diagnosis, suspects, defendants, victims, and witnesses with FASD may experience a host of challenges and obstacles during several different points-of-contact in the criminal justice system (i.e., pretrial, trial, sentencing, and post-sentencing). Forensic Scholars Today (FST) recognizes the importance of educating students and professionals on the complexities and misconceptions of FASD.

– Jerrod Brown, Editor-in-Chief