Psychology and Crime

By David Putwain, Aidan Sammons

© 2002 – Routledge

216 pages

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pub: 2002-03-21
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About the Book

What does a Criminological Psychologist do? The popular image is that of a latter-day Sherlock Holmes helping the police to solve crimes and mysteries, but the reality is much more complex. Psychology and Crime is a new introduction to the topic of Criminological Psychology that helps dispel these popular myths by providing a comprehensive overview of the topic of Criminological Psychology.

The book includes both classic and contemporary psychological theory and research on a range of criminological issues including the nature, measurement and causes of crime, police work and offender profiling, eye-witness memory, trial procedures, jury decision making and the treatment of crime. Putwain and Sammons have produced an introductory text which covers the material on this topic in the A2 components of the AQA-B, OCR and Edexcel A-Level specifications. Psychology and Crime is also ideal for undergraduate students looking for an introduction to criminological psychology and for students studying psychology and media. It will also be useful for those who work in fields related to criminology such as the police and probation services, social workers and therapists.


'The book will be a welcome addition to the market. It has good coverage of all three specifications' - Claire Price, Frogmore Community College, UK

'This is a highly useful and comprehensive review of criminal psychology.' - Christine Hebenton, Bolton Institute

Table of Contents

Introduction. The Nature and Measurement of Offending. Biologically Orientated Explanations of Criminal Behaviour. Psychologically Orientated Explanations of Criminal Behaviour. The Police and Crime. Offender Profiling. The Psychology of Testimony. The Psychology of the Courtroom. Punishing, Treating and Preventing Crime. Study Aids.

About the Authors

David Putwain is Principal Examiner for the Edexcel Foundation and a regular contributor to Psychology Review. Aidan Sammons is head of Psychology at Abbey College in Birmingham. They are both experienced teachers of psychology

About the Series

Routledge Modular Psychology

The Routledge Modular Psychology series is a completely new approach to introductory level psychology, tailor made to the new modular style of teaching.

Each short book covers a topic in more detail than any large textbook can, allowing teacher and student to select material exactly to suit any particular course or project.

The books have been written especially for those students new to higher level study, whether at school home, college or university.

They include specially designed features to help with technique, such as model essay at an average level with an examiners comments to show how extra marks can be gained. The authors are all examiners and teachers at introductory level.

The Routledge modular texts are all user friendly and accessible and include the following features:

  • Practice essays with specialist commentary to show how to achieve a higher grade
  • Chapter summaries to assist with revision
  • Progress and review exercises
  • Glossary of key terms
  • Summaries of key research
  • Further reading to stimulate ongoing study and research
  • Website addresses for additional information
  • Cross-referencing to other books in the series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology