Psychology, Department of


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Published in Behavioral Sciences and the Law 25: 701-716 (2007). Published online in Wiley InterScience ( Copyright 2007, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. DOI: 10.1002/bsl.780. Used by permission.


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.