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The Psychology of Crime, Policing and Courts

1st Edition

Edited by Andreas Kapardis, David P. Farrington


260 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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This book brings together an international group of experts to present cutting-edge psychological research on crime, policing and courts. With contributors from the UK, Germany, Italy, Norway, Cyprus, Israel, Canada and the USA, this volume explores some of the most interesting and contemporary areas of criminological and legal psychology.

The Psychology of Crime, Policing and Courts is divided into three parts. Part I explores crime and anti-social behaviour, including the concentration of offending within families, juvenile delinquency, adolescent bullying, cyberbullying, violence risk assessment, and psychopathy. Part II examines policing and the detection of deception, with chapters on interrogational practices, police interviews of children, and modern detection methods. Part III focuses on courts and sentencing, with chapters exploring wrongful convictions, the role of juries, extra-legal factors in sentencing decisions and an examination of sentencing itself.

Representing the forefront of research in developmental criminology and criminological and legal psychology, this book is a comprehensive resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students studying psychology and criminology, with particular value for those studying forensic psychology. This book is also a valuable resource for psychologists, lawyers, social scientists and law enforcement personnel.


"This is an impressive volume, spanning some of the most fascinating areas of legal and criminological psychology. Top contributors and superb editors. I recommend this book!"

Pär Anders Granhag, Professor of Psychology, University of Gothenberg, Sweden; Director of CLIP; and former President of the European Association of Psychology & Law (EAPL)

"Written by experts in their respective fields, this collection will prove to be a valuable resource for both researchers and students."

Clive Hollin, Emeritus Professor, University of Leicester, UK

"Kapardis and Farrington’s The Psychology of Crime, Policing and Courts is a superb collection of empirical papers by twenty-two experts, who bring state of the art information to practitioners, researchers, students and policy makers. An indispensable read for all who are interested in the welfare of young offenders and reducing their contact with the police and the courts."

Rolf Loeber, Ph.D., Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA

"A stimulating journey through some of the most critical topics of legal and criminal psychology. This book, which includes contributions from several prestigious scholars, provides academics, students and professionals with an excellent text and guide for their work and research."

Santiago Redondo, Professor of Criminology, University of Barcelona, Spain

Table of Contents

Introduction. Psychology, crime, policing and courts, Andreas Kapardis and David P. Farrington, I. Crime and Antisocial Behaviour 1. The concentration of convictions in two generations of families, David P. Farrington and Rebecca V. Crago 2. Self-reported juvenile delinquency in three surveys over 38 years: A German study on the crime drop, Friedrich Losel, Doris Bender, Zara Sunkel and Mark Stemmler 3. What factors protect adolescent bullies from developing into criminal and violent offenders?, Maria M. Ttofi and David P. Farrington 4. Cyberbullying: Does parental online supervision and youngsters' willingness to report to an adult reduce the risk?, Anna C. Baldry, Anna Sorrentino and David P. Farrington 5. Violence risk: the actuarial illusion, David J. Cooke 6. The psychopath: Continuity or change? Stability of psychopathic traits and their predictors, Henriette Bergstrom, Adelle E. Forth and David P. Farrington II. Policing and Detecting Deception 7. Questioning the interrogational practices of U.S. law-enforcement officers: Legal and psychological perspectives, David Walsh, Sean O'Callaghan and Rebecca Milne 8. Police interviews of sexually abused children: The state of the art in differentiating truthful and false accounts, Marilena Kyriakidou 9. Psychophysiological detection of deception: A review of detection methods, recent research and potential forensic applications, Gershon Ben-Shakhar III. Courts and Sentencing 10. Wrongful convictions: Psychological and criminal justice system contributors, C. Ronald Huff 11. The English jury: Issues, concerns and future directions, Nicola Padfield 12.Extra-legal factors that impact on sentencing decisions, Andreas Kapardis 13.Reflections on sentencing in England and Wales, Nicola Padfield.

About the Editors

Andreas Kapardis is Professor of Psychology and Law in the Department of Law, University of Cyprus.

David P. Farrington, O.B.E., is Emeritus Professor of Psychological Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Criminal Behaviour

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology