Forensic Psychology For Dummies

Forensic Psychology For Dummies

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A fascinating guide on the psychology of crime
Thinking of a career that indulges your CSI fantasies? Want to understand the psychology of crime? Whether studying it for the first time or an interested spectator, Forensic Psychology For Dummies gives you all the essentials for understanding this exciting field, complemented with fascinating case examples from around the world.


Inside you'll find out why people commit crime, how psychology helps in the investigative process, the ways psychologists work with criminals behind bars - and how you too can become a forensic psychologist. You'll discover what a typical day is like for a forensic psychologist, how they work with the police to build offender profiles, interview suspects or witnesses, and detect lies!




Covers the important role psychology plays in assessing offenders
Explains how psychology is applied in the courtroom
Explains complicated psychology concepts in easy-to-understand terms


If you're a student considering taking forensic psychology or just love to learn about the science behind crime, Forensic Psychology For Dummies is everything you need to get up-to-speed on this fascinating subject.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 416 pages
  • 188 x 233 x 22mm | 730g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1119976243
  • 9781119976240
  • 72,456

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Law, order and the criminal mind - a fascinatingintroduction to forensic psychology and its manyapplications

Want to understand what makes the criminal mind tick? In thisfascinating guide a top forensic psychologist goes beyond the mythsand media sensationalism to clue you in on what forensicpsychologists really do. Using real-life case examples from aroundthe world, he shows you how they work and the importantcontributions they make to the criminal justice system. He alsoprovides valuable pointers on how to break into this excitingfield.



Watch the forensic psychologist in action - learnhow psychology contributes to the investigative process, including'offender profiling' and detecting lies



Penetrate the criminal mind - discover the variousmethods psychologists have developed for assessing offenders



Witness psychology in the courtroom - discover howpsychologists give guidance in legal proceedings and the valuableassistance they offer prosecutors and defence attorneys alike



Find out about their work behind bars - uncover howpsychologists work with convicted offenders in theirrehabilitation



Discover how to become a forensic psychologist -learn about the training that's required and the major stages inthe career of a typical forensic psychologist



Get the lowdown on great cases where forensic psychology hasmade all the difference - read accounts of how some ofthe greats of the profession helped crack cases and bring dangerousfelons to justice



Open the book and find:



Why people commit crimes



How psychologists help in the investigative process



The truth about 'offender profiling'



Methods for interviewing witnesses and victims



Tactics for interviewing suspects and detecting lies



How psychology is used in the courtroom



Info about working with criminals behind bars



The most promising career opportunities in forensicpsychology



Learn about:



How psychology is used in criminal investigations and thecourtroom



The interviewing of suspects and witnesses - and how theexperts detect lies!



The ways psychologists work with offenders



How you can become a forensic psychologist
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Table of contents

Foreword xxi


Introduction 1


Part I: Nailing Forensic Psychology: A Moving Target 7


Chapter 1: Discovering the Truth about Forensic Psychology 9


Chapter 2: Exploring the World of the Criminal 29


Chapter 3: Providing Expert Evidence: Forensic Psychology and the Law 51


Part II: Helping the Police Solve Crimes 69


Chapter 4: Interviewing Witnesses and Victims 71


Chapter 5: Exposing Liars and Detecting Deception 93


Chapter 6: Profiling Offenders and Distinguishing the Types of Crimes They Commit 121


Chapter 7: Understanding Victims of Crime and Their Experiences 149


Chapter 8: Preventing Crime: Problems, Processes and Perseverance 169


Part III: Measuring the Criminal Mind 187


Chapter 9: Measuring, Testing and Assessing the Psychology of Offenders 189


Chapter 10: Diagnosing Evil: Measuring the Criminal Mind 207


Part IV: Viewing Psychology in Court 221


Chapter 11: Giving Guidance in Legal Proceedings 223


Chapter 12: Making Sense in Court: Psychological Aspects of the Legal Processes 249


Part V: Helping and Treating Offenders 267


Chapter 13: Intervening to Rehabilitate Offenders 269


Chapter 14: Dealing with Violence 289


Chapter 15: Treating Sexual Offenders 305


Chapter 16: Working with Juvenile Offenders 323


Part VI: The Part of Tens 337


Chapter 17: Ten Professional Requirements for Forensic Psychologists 339


Chapter 18: Ten Stages in Becoming a Professional Forensic Psychologist 347


Chapter 19: Ten Emerging Areas of Forensic Psychology 355


Chapter 20: Ten Cases in Which Forensic Psychology Was Crucial 363


Index 375
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About David D. Canter

David Canter, the world-leading crime psychologist, is perhaps most widely known as one of the pioneers of 'Offender Profiling', being the first to introduce its use to the UK. He subsequently founded the discipline of Investigative Psychology and is now Director of the International Research Centre for Investigative Psychology.
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