Criminal Behavior : A Pyschological Approach

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  • Edition: 8th
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2007-02-17
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
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This book approaches the understanding of delinquent and criminal behavior from a developmental, coginitive-behavioral, and psychological perspective. Viewing the juvenile and adult offender as being embedded and continually influenced by multiple systems, the book examines the risk and protective factors that are believed to influence the developmental pathways on the road to delinquency and crime. The 8th edition continues to be heavily researched in a style that allows the reader to follow the flow of the research literature.Most up-to-date psychological research and theories regarding criminal behavior are presented. Highlights how psychological, social, economic, political and ecological factors all play a role in influencing individual behavior. Looks at specific crimes from a psychological perspective: terrorism, sniper attacks, homicide and serial murder, cyber crime, white collar crime, identity theft, sex crimes, school violence, hate crimes, stalking, family violence, and drug crimes. Coverage of criminal profiling and crime scene analysis. Strategies for prevention and treatment of criminal behavior offered. New chapter on the treatment of juvenile offenders. Sections on juvenile offending added include: Juvenile Serial Murder, Juvenile Sex Offenders, Child Delinquents, Peer Rejection, School Failure, Language Deficiencies, Brain Development, Female Juvenile Sex Offenders, Current Juvenile Drug Use, & Juvenile Psychopathy.Professionals involved with the prevention and treatment of criminal behavior.

Table of Contents

Introduction to Criminal Behavior
Perspectives of Human Nature in Theories of Crime
Perspectives in Criminology
Defining and Measuring Crime
Juvenile Delinquency
The Nature and Extent of Juvenile Offending
Recap: Defining Crime and Delinquency
Developmental Risk Factors
Social Risk Factors
Parental and Family Risk Factors
Psychological Risk Factors
Gender Differences in the Development of Deliquency
Developmental Theories of Delinquency
Summary and Conclusions
Origins of Criminal Behavior: Biological Factors
Genetics and Antisocial Behavior
Psychophysiological Factors
Environmental Risk Factors
Physique and Crime
Eysenck s Theory of Personality and Crime
Summary and Conclusion
Origins of Criminal Behavior: Learning and Situational Factors
Social Learning
Frustration-Induced Criminality
Situational Instigators and Regulators of Criminal Behavior
Summary and Conclusions
Human Aggression and Violence
Defining Aggression
Theoretical Perspectives on Aggression
Social Learning Factors in Aggression and Violence
Cognitive Models of Aggression
Overt and Covert Acts of Aggression
Environmental Factors
Effects of Media Violence
The Biology of Aggression
Brain Centers and Violence Control
Summary and Conclusions
Criminal Psychopathy
An Example of a Psychopath
Behavioral Descriptions
The Criminal Psychopath
Psychological Measures of Psychopathy
The Female Psychopath
Racial/Ethnic Differences
Juvenile Psychopathy
Biological Factors and Psychopathy
Childhood of the Psychopath
Summary and Conclusions
Crime and Mental Disorders
Defining Mental Illness
The Dsm-IV
Competency and Criminal Responsibility
Insanity Standards
Unique Defenses
Summary and Conclusions
Mental Disorders and Crime: Defendants and Offenders
Mental Disorders and Violence
Mentally Disordered Inmates
Dangerousness and The Assessment of Risk
The (non)Mentally Disordered Sex Offender
Summary and Conclusions
Homicide, Assault, and Family Violence
Demographics of Homicide
Weapons Used in Violence
Other Factors
Demographics of Assault
Juvenile Murder
Family Violence
The Nature and Theory of Family Violence
Summary and Conclusions
Multiple Murder
Investigative Psychology
Multiple Murderers
Serial Murderers
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