Elder research: Filling an important gap in psychology and law

Eve M. Brank

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In the past few decades, psychology-law as a discipline has made great strides in understanding and guiding public policies on issues related to eyewitnesses, confessions, juries, judges, juveniles, the mentally ill, and many others. As a field, we have largely neglected the oldest subset of the population, with only a few scholars focusing specifically on elder issues or systematically including elders in their studies. The current article is a call to research. It first outlines why elders should be considered as a specific subset of the population even though they have not been an area of focus in the field. Second, the article provides suggestions for integrating elder issues into more common psychology-law research as well as some new areas for research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-716
Number of pages16
JournalBehavioral Sciences and the Law
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law


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