Criminal Psychology: a Beginner’s Guide
Criminal psychology covers a range of fascinating topics. For centuries people have been very interested in crime, and in the last hundred years psychology has grown from a fledgling discipline to one of great importance. In several countries around the world (e.g. the USA, the UK), psychology is now among the top three most popular subjects to be studied at university or college.
It is now recognized that psychology is highly relevant to many aspects of life, especially those to do with offenders, prisons, the police, witnesses, and the courts. This book has been written for members of the general public who wish to have a better understanding of criminal psychology than that which can be provided by the popular media such as newspapers and television.
In this book authors have explained in a reader-friendly way the research (and theory) which underpins modern criminal psychology. Thus the book will also be of interest to those commencing their studies of criminal psychology (e.g. in college or the final years of school).
Authors of the book have used everyday language to explain the many facets of criminal psychology.
They have described the complexity of the issues and explained why, therefore, there are rarely simple answers or rules regarding criminal psychology (e.g. why harsh punishment may not reduce offending, that liars may not look away when deceiving you, that coercion may not produce reliable confessions).
- one: criminal psychologists: within which settings do they work?
- two: offender profiling and linking crime
- three: policing
- four: interviewing suspects
- five: detecting deception
- six: eye-witness testimony
- seven: forensic linguistics
- eight: punishment and offenders
- nine: experiencing imprisonment
- ten: rehabilitation of offenders: what works?
- eleven: the management and treatment of sex offenders
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