Criminal Psychology

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2011-02-15
  • Publisher: Willan
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This textbook provides an accessible introduction to the increasingly popular subject of criminal psychology, exploring the application of psychology to the understanding of criminal behavior, solving crimes, the court process, punishment, rehabilitation, and crime prevention. It will be an invaluable resource for anybody taking courses in this field, in particular students taking the criminal psychology/forensic psychology components of the UK's main A level psychology specifications. Each chapter includes real life applications/case studies, key studies, an evaluation, and a range of knowledge and discussion questions.

Author Biography

Francis Pakes is a Reader in Comparative Criminology at the University of Portsmouth. A trained psychologist, his work over the last decade has been on the cutting edge of psychology, mental health and criminal justice. Suzanne Pakes teaches A-level psychology at The Portsmouth Grammar School. She previously taught at Colchester Sixth Form College and at Havant College, and has had experience of teaching psychology for all the major exam board specifications.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations and tablesp. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
Crime: the phenomenonp. 1
Applying psychology to crimep. 1
Approaches in criminal psychologyp. 2
Are we living in a crime society?p. 8
How much crime?p. 9
What is a crime? Definitions, understandings and labelsp. 19
Crime as a social constructionp. 22
Counting crime versus understanding crimep. 24
Understanding fear of crimep. 25
The causes of crimep. 31
The question of 'why?'p. 31
Biological and genetic explanationsp. 32
Personality factorsp. 39
Moral reasoningp. 43
Cognitive distortionsp. 50
The causes of aggression and violencep. 53
Defining aggressionp. 55
Conclusionp. 69
Solving crimep. 71
The nature of police workp. 71
Reassurance policingp. 72
Criminal investigationp. 74
Psychology and investigative interviewingp. 75
Detection of deceptionp. 84
False confessionsp. 88
Offender profilingp. 90
Conclusionp. 103
Courtroom psychologyp. 105
The nature of the criminal trialp. 105
Jury decision makingp. 109
Eyewitness testimonyp. 114
False or recovered memoriesp. 120
Extra-legal factorsp. 122
Miscarriages of justicep. 126
Sentencing and punishmentp. 130
Sentencingp. 130
Sentencing as a human processp. 131
Punishment in the UKp. 136
Does prison work?p. 140
Restorative justicep. 145
Working with offendersp. 146
Community ordersp. 152
Conclusionp. 159
Referencesp. 160
Indexp. 175
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