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Understanding Criminal Behaviour

Psychosocial Perspectives on Criminality and Violence, 2nd Edition

By David W Jones


368 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Our understanding of criminal behaviour and its causes has been too long damaged by the failure to integrate the emotional, psychological, social and cultural influences on the way people behave.

This book offers a concise and accessible introduction to criminal behaviour, examining and integrating perspectives from criminology and psychology. It explores a range of ‘psychosocial’ approaches that seek to understand the emotions that surround criminal behaviour, allowing for an exploration of individual differences and social and culture issues which help to bridge the gap between disciplinary approaches. It offers substantive chapters on a range of topics including:

  • Mental disorder and the relationship between mental health and offending;
  • Criminal career research;
  • Youth crime and the question of criminal responsibility;
  • Gender and crime;
  • Violent crime, including homicide and sexual crime.

This new edition has been fully updated, including a revised opening chapter which offers an introduction to psychosocial criminology, up-to-date discussion of changes in the criminal justice system in the context of mental health, and two new chapters on race and crime, and public violence, extremism and terrorism.

This book is essential reading for students taking a range of courses on criminal behaviour, criminological theory, criminal psychology and psychological criminology.

Table of Contents

1. The Need for a Psychosocial Criminology; 2. Mental Disorder: Madness, Personality Disorder and Criminal Responsibility; 3. The Contribution of Criminal Career Research; 4. Familial and Parental Influences; 5. Youth Crime; 6. Gender and Crime; 7. Understanding Violence: Learning from Studies of Homicide; 8. Intimate Violence and Sex Crime; 9. Public Violence and crimes of terror; 10. ‘Race’ and Crime’; 11. Conclusion

About the Author

David W. Jones is Senior Lecturer in Psychology at The Open University. He is also author of Disordered Personalities and Crime: A historical analysis of moral insanity (2016).

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology