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Profiling in Policy and Practice

1st Edition

By David Canter, Laurence Alison


280 pages

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'Profilers' and 'Profiling' are now widely discussed, often with almost mythical respect. This is the first volume to cut through the confusions and misunderstandings surrounding this topic to report on detailed, original, scientific research that examines the variations in criminal behaviour from which any 'profile' must be derived. The studies included examine both early approaches to the field and the future problems and potential for an Investigative Psychology approach of offender profiling. This book will be of great value to all those who have been waiting for a scientific, psychological basis to police investigations. It will be read with interest by those who want to get behind the rhetoric and controversy that surrounds 'offender profiling' and require an up to date account of current research and recent discoveries.


’This book is a must� for aspiring forensic psychologists.’ Science and Justice ’…contains a number of interesting chapters outlining a diverse range of new areas of investigative psychology.’ Forensic Update

Table of Contents

Contents: Profiling in policy and practice, Laurence Alison and David Canter; Professional, legal and ethical issues in offender profiling, Laurence Alison and David Canter; Mobsters are human too, Petrus van Duyne; Social science perspectives on the analysis of investigative interviews, Nigel Fielding; False allegations of child sexual abuse, Ray Aldridge-Morris; Equivocal death, David Canter; Approaches to the scientific attribution of authorship, Joy P. Aked, David Canter, Anthony J. Sanford and Nichola Smith; Psychologists as expert witnesses, Kathleen Cox; Criminal profiling: trial by judge and jury, not criminal psychologist, David Ormerod.

About the Series

Offender Profiling Series

Offender Profiling Series
Criminal investigations around the world are being influenced by an unheralded revolution. Until recently 'Offender Profiling' and related processes have been little more than the sharing of anecdotes between those who have personal experience of criminals and their motivations. This swapping of war stories is now giving way to systematic, scientific research that covers the full range of crimes and all aspects of criminal investigations from the initial examination of the crime scene and interviews with victims and witnesses to the presentation of the case in court. This new area of research has become known as Investigative Psychology. This series provides the first full and comprehensive account of this rapidly growing new field of study.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General