Criminological and Forensic Psychology

Criminological and Forensic Psychology

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The second edition of Criminological and Forensic Psychology is an even more theoretically rigorous, practically relevant, engaging and fun introduction to this broad and fascinating field. It covers both the conceptual basis within which psychology knowledge is applied in forensic contexts and the practical applications of psychology to the criminal civil justice systems.

Key Features:

Case studies feature in every chapter and place students in the full context of a criminal case, showing them how psychological theories can be used to explain real-life crimes.

In-depth exploration of the fascinating courtroom process including separate chapters on the Defendant's Mind and The Jury.

A dedicated chapter on research methods specific to forensic psychology to help students do their research project around this topic, covering the final year and post-graduate research.

A new chapter on Intimate relationship aggression: Domestic Violence and Domestic Homicide

Online resources including chapter-by-chapter multiple choice questions, additional case studies and links to further readings
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 186 x 232 x 27.94mm | 860g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 1526424274
  • 9781526424273
  • 13,941

Table of contents

Section 1: Defining Criminological and Forensic Psychology
Chapter 1: Defining Forensic Psychology
Chapter 2: Research Methods in Forensic Psychology
Section 2: Psychological Explanations of Crime
Chapter 3: Psychological Approaches to Understanding Crime
Chapter 4: Who Commits Crime? The Criminal Mind
Chapter 5: Juvenile Criminals
Section 3: Psychological Explanations of Specific Crime Types
Chapter 6: The Psychology of Homicide
Chapter 7: The Psychology of Terrorism
Chapter 8: Crimes of a Sexual Nature
Chapter 9: Intimate Relationship Aggression: Domestic Violence and Domestic Homicide
Chapter 10: The Psychology of Firesetting
Chapter 11: The Psychology of Theft, Robbery, and Burglary
Chapter 12: The Psychology of Economic Crime
Section 4: Psychology in Detection and Investigation
Chapter 13: Psychology in the Investigation of Crime
Chapter 14: Psychology in the Police Station 1: Victims and Witnesses
Chapter 15: Psychology in the Police Station 2: Investigative Interviews and the Psychology of False Confession
Section 5: Psychology in the Court Room
Chapter 16: Psychology in Court 1: Procedures and Evidence
Chapter 17: Psychology in Court 2: The Defendant's Mind
Chapter 18: Psychology in Court 3: The Mind of the Jury
Section 6: Psychology in Prison
Chapter 19: Punishment, Rehabilitation, and Psychology
Chapter 20: Adjustment to Prison Life: Mental Disorder, Life Imprisonment, and Death Row
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An exceptional book which takes the reader through the complete forensic process from investigating, profiling, witnessing, right to imprisonment. The book would be a favourite amongst academia as it is thoroughly evidence-based and well researched. Students would find the immensely practical structure of the book useful with the key elements, case studies and summaries to help them engage with the core content of each chapter. Highly readable and recommended to all practitioners working in forensic contexts.

-- Dr Zendre Swanepoel An essential text for all criminology and forensic psychology students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. It is an extremely useful resource as it demonstrates throughout the application of psychological theory to forensic practice and contexts.

-- Dr Clare Allely, The first edition of this book was superb. This second edition is even better. The content is comprehensive, well organised, easy to read, and supported with reference to an excellent range of interesting case studies.

-- Stephen Walsh Gavin presents the fundamentals of criminal and forensic psychology in a manner that is both comprehensive and approachable for students. Particularly, an in-depth consideration of research methods really sets this book apart from other key texts in the area, making it a staple for any reading list. -- Dr Zara Brodie A fantastic resource, not only for those studying towards a formal qualification in criminological and / or forensic psychology but also written in a straightforward way that's accessible for anyone with an interest in the subject area. The book has a good range of engaging content with a glossary to aid the reader in developing an understanding of the more technical terminology. The key themes throughout the book allow the reader to make connections and see the 'bigger picture'.

The author threads relevant and engaging research studies throughout the book in a way which demonstrates the importance of research as a foundation for psychological knowledge, but without intimidating those who may be reading for interest only.

From a teaching and learning perspective the book uses valid and reliable sources and encourages the reader to do like-wise. The clear visual overviews allow the reader to clearly focus on the key points while also allowing them to easily compare and contrast the content under discussion. The review of each section allows the reader to consolidate their learning with the opportunity for further reading allowing them to develop a deeper level of knowledge and understanding.

I'll definitely be recommending it to my psychology students. -- Claudi Moi
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About Helen Gavin

Helen Gavin is Principal Lecturer in Criminal Psychology at the University of Huddersfield, having previously been Head of Psychology at two universities. She teaches criminal, forensic and investigative psychology, as well as advanced research methods, to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Her research is primarily in the criminal psychology field, examining crimes of a sexual and violent nature. She is currently collaborating with researchers and practitioners across the UK and in the USA, Canada, Pakistan and Eastern Europe, concerned with projects in female aggression, non-apprehended offenders and issues concerning policing. She has a number of research students, some of whom are investigating domestic violence in hidden populations, characteristics of homicide, incarcerated sex offenders, sexual deviancy and disgust responses, criminal youth in Libya, and psychopathy in women. Helen heads up a research group in Sex, Violence and Aggression, whose members are based within the university and worldwide, with the aim to add to the body of knowledge about crime and violence.

Previous books include Understanding Research Methods and Statistics in Psychology (Sage), The Essence of Cognitive Psychology (Prentice-Hall), Sex Drugs and Rock & Roll: Psychological, Legal, and Cultural Examinations of Sex and Sexuality (ID-Net Press). She has also contributed chapters to over a dozen edited books, and published widely in forensic and medical journals. Helen feels that studying criminal psychology can make one lose a sense of perspective, so she also studies cultural issues such as music and fairy tales, both of which, she has discovered, have a dark side.
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