Criminal Psychology, 1st Edition

  • Editor: Jacqueline B. Helfgott, PhD
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  • ISBN-10: 0313396086
  • ISBN-13: 9780313396083
  • DDC: 364.3
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 1610 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released December 2013
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Unfortunately, criminal behavior surrounds us in our society-from petty theft and vandalism to multimillion-dollar white-collar crime to shocking terrorism attempts and school killings. Invariably, one of the first questions is, "Why did they do it?" Criminal psychology seeks to solve this complex puzzle.

In this four-volume reference work, a unparalleled team of leading experts offer an exhaustive look at the history, developments, emerging and classic research issues, controversies, and victories in the expanding field of criminal psychology. The first volume examines the general theories in the study of criminal psychology. The second volume focuses more specifically on research of criminal behavior and crime types, while the last two volumes delve into criminal justice and forensic applications. The comprehensive content allows readers to better understand criminal behavior and appreciate the specific criminal justice and forensic settings in which this theory and research is applied, such as criminal profiling, forensic assessment of danger, and correctional rehabilitation and offender reentry.



  • Jacqueline B. Helfgott, PhD

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Dedication Page.
1: Criminal Psychology: An Overview.
2: Criminal Psychology and Criminal Behavior.
3: Education and Training Models in Forensic Psychology.
4: Theoretical Perspectives.
5: Becoming Criminal: Theoretical Perspectives on the Development and Desistance of Criminality.
6: The Psychophysiology and Neuroanatomy of Antisocial Behavior.
7: Perspectives on Neurocriminology.
8: Two Sides of the Same Coin: The Sociological and Psychological Social Psychology of Crime.
9: Personality and Antisocial Behavior: Theoretical Perspectives.
10: The Criminal Personality.
11: Key Research Findings.
12: Predatory and Affective Aggression: Calculated and Explosive Pathways to Violence.
13: Psychological Theories and Research on Female Criminal Behavior.
14: The Phenomenology of Addiction and the Artifact of Criminal Behavior.
15: Criminality and Co-Occurring Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders.
About the Editor and Contributors.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Typologies and Profiles.
2: Criminal Typologies.
3: An Introduction to Criminal Profiling.
4: Mental Illness and Violence: A Misunderstood Relationship.
5: Crime Types.
6: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Forms of Violent Offending.
7: Sexual Deviance, Fantasy Development, and Sex Crime.
8: Toward a General Theory of Profit-Driven Crime.
9: The Psychological Dynamics of Political Crime.
10: Emotional Correlates of Radicalization and Terrorism.
11: Cybercrime: High-Tech Crime in the Information Age.
12: Pathways to Copycat Crime.
13: Psychopathy.
14: Conceptualizing Psychopathy: Criminal and Noncriminal Variants.
15: Forensic Assessment of Psychopathy.
16: Guidelines for the Evaluation and Interpretation of Psychopathy Research Findings.
17: Psychopathic Aggression: Will or Determinism?.
18: Career Criminality, Childhood Experiences, and Adult Personality among Forensic Patients in the Netherlands.
19: A Proposed Sexual Homicide Category: The Psychopathic–Sexually Sadistic Offender.
20: Are Male and Female Psychopaths Equivalent? A Rorschach Study.
21: Psychopathy, Borderline Personality Disorder, and Domestic Violence: An Empirical Review.
22: A Rorschach Understanding of Antisocial and Psychopathic Personalities.
23: The Popular Conception of the Psychopath: Implications for Criminal Justice Practice.
About the Editor and Contributors.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Forensic Assessment and Risk Prediction.
2: Forensic Assessment of Risk in Criminal Justice.
3: A Classification of Violent and Other Serious Juvenile Offenders into Subgroups: From Statistical Analyses to Clinical Practice.
4: Statistical Controversies in the Sexually Violent Predator Evaluation (SVPE) Practice Community: Bayesian Departure and Polarization.
5: Sexually Violent Predators and State Appellate Courts’ Use of Actuarial Tests in Civil Commitments.
6: Actuarial Prediction in Determinate-Plus Sex Offender Release Decisions.
7: Law Enforcement and Public Safety.
8: Crisis Intervention and Police Interactions with Individuals with Mental Illness.
9: The Elements of Hostage (Crisis) Negotiation.
10: Criminal Profiling: Empirical Evidence on Skills and Accuracy.
11: Linkage Analysis of Serial Murder Cases Involving Prostitute Victims.
12: Profiling Psychopathic Traits in Serial Sexual Homicide: A Case Study of the Personality and Personal History of the Green River Killer, Gary Leon Ridgway.
13: Forensic Psychological Evaluations for Behavioral Disorders in Police Officers: Reducing Negligent Hire and Retention Risks.
14: Criminal Law and the Courts.
15: Competency to Stand Trial: Legal Foundations and Practical Applications.
16: Insanity Defense.
17: The Psychology of Criminal Behavior and Sentencing.
18: Mental Health Court: One Approach for Addressing the Problems of Persons with Serious Mental Illnesses in the Criminal Justice System.
19: Mental State at the Time of the Offense Forensic Psychological Evaluation: Teresa Lewis Death Penalty Case.
About the Editor and Contributors.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Juvenile Justice.
2: Development of Criminal and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents.
3: Correctional Programs and Treatment for Juveniles.
4: Relational and Social Bullying and Callous-Unemotional Traits.
5: Psychopathy in Youth: Issues for Treatment of Youth in Schools.
6: Juvenile Homicide.
7: Childhood Trauma, Biology, and Justice.
8: Corrections and Reentry.
9: The Rehabilitation of Offenders: Striving for Good Lives, Desistance, and Risk Reduction.
10: The Therapeutic Relationship, Prison, and Responsivity.
11: Inside the Imprisoned Therapeutic Relationship.
12: Life Without Parole, America’s Other Death Penalty: Notes on Life under Sentence of Death by Incarceration.
13: Victimhood and Post-Traumatic Stress in the Forensic Domain: Consequences of Incarceration and Stimulation of Mental Disorders.
14: The 5-Category Typology of Sex and Sexuality in Women’s Prisons: Revisiting the “Sexual Violence” Type.
15: The Psychology of Prisoner Reentry.
About the Editor and Contributors.
Volume 1 Index.
Volume 2 Index.
Volume 3 Index.
Volume 4 Index.