An Introduction to Criminal Psychology (2nd Edition)

An Introduction to Criminal Psychology (2nd Edition)
Russil Durrant
NZ$ 89.99
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NZ$ 74.99
h235 x 159mm - 466pg
21 Aug 2017 UK
Victoria University

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This book provides a comprehensive overview of approaches to understanding crime and criminal behaviour, with a focus on psychological perspectives. A wide range of different types of criminal behaviour are considered, including juvenile crime, violent offending, sexual offending, collective violence, drug use, and property and public disorder offending. For each type of offence a clear overview of key conceptual and methodological issues is provided along with a detailed consideration of the major theoretical approaches that have been developed. The book concludes by considering how our theoretical understanding of crime can inform our responses to criminal behaviour in terms of punishment, prevention and rehabilitation.
This is a first-rate text on criminal psychology. The writing is superb, and the comprehensive, multilevel perspective developed by Dr Durrant to account for crime is innovative and persuasive. The knowledge required to integrate biological, social, cultural, psychological, and environmental factors into a workable theoretical framework is immense and Dr Durrant has achieved this very demanding task, seemingly effortlessly. It is a terrific piece of work. Professor Tony Ward, clinical psychologist and Director of Clinical Training at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.
Russil Durrant is a lecturer at the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, where he teaches courses in criminal and forensic psychology. His research interests include the psychology of violent behaviour, the role of evolutionary explanations in criminology, and the relationship between drug use and crime. He is author of Substance Abuse: Cultural and Historical Perspectives (Sage, 2003).

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