Mitigation evaluations: A survey of current practices

Michelle E. Barnett, Stanley L. Brodsky, Tess M.S. Neal

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This study examined the scope and components of mitigation assessments in a first effort to develop some guidelines for conducting mitigation evaluations. Using the mitigation evaluations survey (MES) we developed for this research, we surveyed 266 psychologists about the characteristics and content of mitigation evaluations. A high percentage of participants endorsed each of the 14 content areas presented in the MES as essential or recommended for inclusion in mitigation evaluations. However, when the participants were given a hypothetical open-end referral question regarding a mitigation evaluation, fewer participants included all 14 content areas in their responses. This discrepancy and information regarding the qualifications and expertise of the participants are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)21-41
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Forensic Psychology Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Essential content of assessments
  • Mitigation evaluations
  • Mitigation experience
  • Psychologists survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Applied Psychology


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