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Gender, Psychology, and JusticeThe Mental Health of Women and Girls in the Legal System$
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Corinne C. Datchi and Julie R. Ancis

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781479819850

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479819850.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Gender, Psychology, and Justice

Chapter:
(p.1) Introduction
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Gender, Psychology, and Justice
Author(s):

Corinne C. Datchi

Julie R. Ancis

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479819850.003.0001

This chapter offers an overview of feminist literature on the justice system and highlights the way gender influences legal interventions. The concepts of gender neutrality, gender equality, and chivalry are discussed in the context of family courts and criminal justice settings to demonstrate how gender bias influences decisions such as child custody determinations and the definition of women’s and girls’ behaviors as criminal. This chapter calls attention to the growing involvement of women and girls with the justice system and the need for more research that describes the unique social and health concerns of diverse female populations. Therapeutic jurisprudence and intersectionality are proposed as frameworks for designing and evaluating gender- and culturally sensitive justice interventions.

Keywords:   justice, gender bias, women, girls, therapeutic jurisprudence, intersectionality

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