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Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions) [Kindle Edition]

David Canter

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Lie detection, offender profiling, jury selection, insanity in the law, predicting the risk of re-offending , the minds of serial killers and many other topics that fill news and fiction are all aspects of the rapidly developing area of scientific psychology broadly known as Forensic Psychology.

Forensic Psychology: A Very Short Introduction discusses all the aspects of psychology that are relevant to the legal and criminal process as a whole. It includes explanations of criminal behaviour and criminality, including the role of mental disorder in crime, and discusses how forensic psychology contributes to helping investigate the crime and catching the perpetrators.

It also explains how psychologists provide guidance to all those involved in civil and criminal court proceedings, including both the police and the accused, and what expert testimony can be provided by a psychologist about the offender at the trial. Finally, David Canter examines how forensic psychology is used, particularly in prisons, to help in the management, treatment and rehabilitation of offenders, once they have been convicted.

ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

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David Canter is Professor of Psychology at The University of Liverpool. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a member of its Forensic Division and a Chartered Forensic Psychologist. He has published 20 books and over 150 papers in learned professional journals, and lectured around the world on various aspects of scientific psychology. His book, Criminal Shadows, won the Golden Dagger Award for crime non-fiction. Aside from academic achievements he has given evidence to a number of major government enquiries and has advised in response to requests from over 150 police investigations world wide. He has recently been elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen An accessible and relevant introduction to forensic psychology 1. September 2010
Von Dr. Bojan Tunguz - Veröffentlicht auf
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Forensic psychology is a fascinating branch of psychology in its own right. However, much of what most people imagine this field to be comes from crime novels, movies and TV shows, and for most part these fictional accounts are far removed from the actual real-world discipline. This very short introduction aims to dispel most of the myths and misconceptions that surround forensic psychology, and introduce the reader to this intriguing field in an accessible and readable manner.

The book is written from the point of view of forensic psychology as practiced in the UK, although most of the material is relevant for the US and other settings. The author is in fact credited for bringing forensic psychology to the UK, and has extensive knowledge of its practices and applications.

It is important to distinguish forensic psychology from two other fields with which it's often confused: forensic science and criminology. The former deals primarily with the physical aspect of crime, while the latter is interested in the societal aspects of criminal activity. As the author of this book puts it, forensic psychology deals with criminals, while these other fields deal with crime.

In the past there has been a great effort in trying to classify criminality as some sort of personality trait or psychological disease. These attempts have seen their heyday in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Most experts today, however, agree that there is no single "criminal mind" that all criminals share. There are many circumstances that lead to any given crime, and although some sort of psychological predisposition may be at play, it is certainly not the only or even the dominant feature.

Forensic psychology has evolved over the years, and today it already consists of several different subdivisions. There are forensic psychologists who specialize in being courtroom expert witnesses, there are those who work alongside the police in trying to solve crimes (profilers), some work with attorneys in preparing the witnesses and choosing the jury, but the vast majority work with criminals who have already been incarcerated. The rehabilitation process is very tricky, and we still don't have a sliver bullet that can help all criminals emerge from prison completely ready to join the society. This continues to be an active area of research, with forensic psychologists leading the way.

The book concludes with musings on the future of forensic psychology and all the outstanding prelims and issues where it will play a role. The book provides the reader with a very good sense of what this field is all about and what kind of developments are expected in the future.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Short but sophisticated 7. Juni 2011
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As expected this is a very short book. But within its scope, the discussions on the myriad topics are nuanced and captivating. A whole succinct chapter is devoted on why people commit crimes. The heavy interplay between the person and his milieu is very well and thoroughly explained. The concept and nature of the "insanity plea" is also explicated in layman terms. The book also demystifies the so called "profiling" process; it helps but plays a very small role in police work.

As a medical specialist I find the author's discussion on "personality disorders" particularly fascinating and relevant. He offers insight to these types of coniditions that I did not obtain from my medical school training.

The book also talks about the role of the forensic psychologist in helping offenders, victims, and law enforces to rehabilitate, to cope, and to work efficiently. The future of the discipline is also briefly discussed.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Outstanding summary 2. Februar 2011
Von Michael J. Kubat - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a much more dignified approach to summarizing whole disciplines than the "For Dummies" and other series. It's well written, informative, and comprehensive in spite of being "very short." I'll turn to this series for other summaries without hesitation. The only trouble is the small type - I know it's necessary in a small book, but mine aged eyes have to work hard while I read it.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great and brief overview 20. November 2012
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Though a bit dry at times, for those studying this area of criminology this book is a nice brief overview to have to compare and add to your other works in this field of study.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great 14. April 2014
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Just what I needed it for! Prompt delivery and everything was satisfactory as stated and as needed for my purchase.
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