_This volume is the most comprehensive reference book on community sentiment available. The classic book about community sentiment is Norm Finkel's "Commonsense Justice: Jurors' Notions of the Law" (1995). A similarly influential book called "Justice, Liability, and Blame" was published at the same time, examining lay sentiment about a variety of criminal issues and suggesting ways in which the substantive criminal law could be reformed in light of such lay responses (Robinson & Darley, 1995). Although these books were influential and important for their time (and since), this Handbook expands significantly on them, both by updating research since that time and broadens the scope of topic areas to ones that are not limited to trial and criminal justice issues. Each chapter is original/unpublished and focuses on an area related to children/families, many of which are "hot topic" areas in the news and courts today. For instance, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a case in June 2012 about the constitutionality of "life without parole" for juvenile offenders-a topic discussed in the Fass and Miora chapter. Thus, it is of interest to those interested in family law topics as well._
Section I:An Introduction to Community Sentiment.- 1. "There Ought to be a Law!": Understanding Community Sentiment.- 2.The Influence of Media and Community Sentiment on Policy Decision-Making.- 3.Methods and Measures Used in Gauging Community Sentiment.- Section II: Measuring Community Sentiment.- 4.Using Mock Jury Studies to Measure Community Sentiment toward Child Sex Abusers.- 5.Using Secondary Survey Data to Study Community Sentiment: An Example Examining Sentiment toward Income Based on Family Needs.- 6.Understanding how Individual Differences are Related to Community Sentiment toward Safe Haven Laws Using a Student Sample.- 7.Using Mail Surveys to Assess Perceptions of Law Enforcement Officers and Prosecuting Attorneys Regarding Parental Involvement Laws.- Section III: Changing Community Sentiment.- 8.Understanding Changes in Community Sentiment about Drug Use during Pregnancy using a Repeated Measures Design.- 9.Sentiment toward Same-Sex Divorce.- 10.Changing the Sentiment of those the Law Affects: Federal Marriage Promotion Programs.- 11.How Attitude Functions, Attitude Change, and Beliefs affect Community Sentiment toward the Facebook Law.- Section IV: Community Sentiment and Perceptions of Justice.- 12.Promoting Positive Perceptions of Justice by Listening to Children's Sentiment in Custody Decisions.- 13.Same-Sex Parents' Sentiment about Parenthood and the Law: Implications for Therapeutic Outcomes.- 14.Is There a Therapeutic Way to Balance Community Sentiment, Student Mental Health, and Student Safety to Address Campus-Related Violence?.- Section V: Community Sentiment and the (Sometimes Unintended) Outcomes of Legal Actions.- 15.Unintended Consequences of Policy Responses to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Civil Commitment and Community Sentiment in North Dakota.- 16.Adult Consequences for Juvenile Behavior: Does Sentencing Policy Aimed at Serious Adult Behavior Cast too Wide a Net?.- 17.An Examination of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Laws: Can Community Sentiment Lead to Ineffective Laws?.- 18.Silver Alert Programs: An Exploration of Community Sentiment Regarding a Policy Solution to Address the Critical Wandering Problem in an Aging Population.- Section VI: Concluding Thoughts and Future Directions.- 19.Future Directions in the Study of Community Sentiment toward Legal Actions Affecting Children and Families.
¿This book updates and expands the classic books on community sentiment published in the 1990s
Focuses primarily on community sentiment about multiple legal issues
Focuses more on the sentiment surrounding policies and doctrines relating to children and families