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2nd Edition

Understanding Criminal Behaviour
Psychosocial Perspectives on Criminality and Violence

ISBN 9781138222885
Published August 28, 2019 by Routledge
324 Pages - 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 proposes 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 cultural issues that 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; and
  • violent crime, including homicide and sexual crime.

This new edition has been fully updated, including a revised opening chapter that 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

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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).