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Criminological and Forensic Psychology

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Criminological and Forensic Psychology is a brand-new 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, which include the James Bulger investigation in Chapter 5, are woven into every chapter to bring the topic to life and encourage the application of knowledge by placing you in the full context of a criminal case, showing you 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 you do your research project around this topic. A Companion Website available at is provided to support learning and includes chapter-by-chapter multiple choice questions to test understanding of the topic, additional case studies to reinforce learning, and links to further readings to continue your exploration of the subject.
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Table of Contents

PART 1: DEFINING CRIMINOLOGICAL AND FORENSIC PSYCHOLOGYChapter 1: Defining Forensic PsychologyChapter 2: Research Methods in Forensic PsychologyPART 2: PSYCHOLOGICAL EXPLANATIONS OF CRIMEChapter 3: Theoretical Explanations of CrimeChapter 4: Who Commits Crime? The Criminal MindChapter 5: Juvenile CriminalsPART 3: PSYCHOLOGICAL EXPLANATIONS OF SPECIFIC CRIME TYPESChapter 6: The Psychology of HomicideChapter 7:The Psychology of TerrorismChapter 8: Crimes of a Sexual NatureChapter 9: The Psychology of FiresettingChapter 10: The Psychology of Theft, Robbery and BurglaryChapter 11: The Psychology of Economic CrimePART 4: PSYCHOLOGY IN DETECTION AND INVESTIGATIONChapter 12: Psychology in the Investigation of CrimeChapter 13: Psychology in the Police Station 1: Victims and WitnessesChapter 14: Psychology in the Police Station 2: Investigative Interviews and the Psychology of False ConfessionPART 5: PSYCHOLOGY IN THE COURT ROOMChapter 15: Psychology in Court 1Chapter 16: Psychology in Court 2 - The Defendant's MindChapter 17: Psychology in Court 3 - The JuryPART 6: PSYCHOLOGY IN PRISONChapter 18: Psychology in PrisonChapter 19: Imprisonment and Mental DisorderChapter 20: Long Term and Life Imprisonment

About the Author

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.


'Criminological and Forensic Psychology is undoubtedly an extraordinary book that has long been missing in psychology. To the best of my knowledge, there is no other text at present that can compete with it in breadth, depth and expertise coverage.' -- Shulamith Kreitler 'A good review of the field of forensic psychology, it will certainly help aspiring students with writing their essays and get excited as they do so. In a crowded world this one stands out.' -- Mike Berry 'The great strength of this book is that it covers a broad spectrum of topics and real cases in a way that will be of great interest to students of forensic psychology, criminology, police work and all other related disciplines.' -- Elizabeth Noon

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