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    DescriptionPsychological criminology addresses the question: what is it about individuals and their experiences that cause them to commit crime and/or to become criminal? This book provides a comprehensive coverage of psychological theories of crime and criminality, exploring theories focusing on factors present at birth (human nature, heredity); theories that focus on factors that influence the offender over the lifespan (learning, development); and theories focusing on factors present at the crime scene. It emphasizes the connections among the different approaches, and demonstrates how, taken together rather than as rival explanations, they provide a more complete picture of crime and criminality than each provides individually. Theories are arranged throughout the book in a temporal sequence, from distal to proximal causes of crime. The analysis spans 100,000 years, from the evolutionary roots of criminal behaviour in the ancestral environments of early humans on the African savana, to the decision to engage in a specific criminal act. Key features of the book include: a focus on theory - 'explaining' crime and criminality an integrative approach accessible to readers who do not have a background in psychology. Psychological Criminology highlights the contributions that psychological theory can make to the broader field of criminology; it will be of interest to students, academics, researchers and practitioners in both criminology and forensic psychology.

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    Psychological Criminology
    An Integrative Approach
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Richard Wortley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 154 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 422 g
    ISBN 13: 9781843928058
    ISBN 10: 1843928051

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: JMK
    BIC E4L: CRI
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.3
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JKV
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25350
    Ingram Subject Code: SO
    Libri: I-SO
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: SOC004000, PSY014000
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 364.3, 364.019
    LC classification: HV6080 .W67 2011
    Thema V1.0: JKV, JMK
    Illustrations note
    18 black & white illustrations, 10 black & white tables, 18 black & white line drawings
    Taylor & Francis Ltd
    Imprint name
    Willan Publishing
    Publication date
    25 May 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Richard Wortley began his career as a prison psychologist and has subsequently taught in criminology schools for many years. He is currently a Professor at University College London where he is Director of the Jill Dando Institute for Security and Crime Science
    Review quote
    Richard Wortley's book is scholarly and lucid, wide-ranging in content, and undogmatic in tone. Most of all, it is timely. The need to bring together in an accessible form crime and criminality-relevant developments across the biological and psychological sciences had become urgent. The need is satisfied by this book. - Professor Ken Pease, Loughborough University Psychological Criminology should be essential reading for psychologists and all others who are interested in understanding the causes of offending. It is a very impressive, comprehensive and empirically-based review of psychological, biological, situational and other major explanations of crime. - David P. Farrington, Professor of Psychological Criminology, University of Cambridge
    Table of contents
    1. Introduction 2. Human Nature 3. Heredity 4. The Brain 5. Personality 6. Development 7. Learning 8. Cognition 9. Situations 10. Conclusions