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Criminological and Forensic Psychology 2ed

by Helen Gavin SAGE Publications Ltd
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The second edition of Criminological and Forensic Psychology continues to be a 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, are woven into every chapter to bring the topic to life and encourage the application of knowledge by placing students in the full context of a criminal case


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


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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

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.