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Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Research and Application

Written by authors with extensive experience in the field and in the classroom, Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Research and Application, Fifth Edition, by Curt R. Bartol and Anne M. Bartol, demonstrates how to analyze psychological knowledge and research findings and then apply these findings to the civil and criminal justice systems. Focusing on research-based forensic practice and practical application, this text uses real-life examples and case law discussions to define and explore forensic psychology. This text introduces you to emerging specializations within... more
Recommended by David Canter, and 1 others.

David CanterWell, the Bartols have devoted their lives to writing these very broad-based, very well-informed textbooks. It’s very much in the American tradition of the textbook, which is a really major undertaking… It’s got an American bias, inevitably. But if somebody wants a detailed overview of forensic psychology, this is probably the best. (Source)

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Taken from published reviews: " Dr Blackburn has written a remarkably good book; indeed, the best book on the topic from either side of the Atlantic I have read. the breadth of the author s knowledge is nothing short of encyclopaedic. Not only psychology developmental and social, as well as clinical but also psychiatry, biology, philosophy, and law are addressed in this volume. Finally, the book is written with clarity, economy, and a lucid style. It is as inviting and user-friendly as any work of such complexity can be. I hope that it will find its way into psychiatry residency training... more
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David CanterThis is a real compendium: a clinical psychologist’s perspective on criminal behaviour. And it’s a very thorough account. It tends to emphasise criminal activity that has a very strong psychological disturbance component to it; a lot of coverage of personality disorder, for instance, as well as sexual offences and violence. (Source)

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Long-held myths defining the sources of and cures for crime are shattered in this ground-breaking book--and a chilling profile of today's criminal emerges. less
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David CanterWhat I like about it is the honesty with which, as psychologists, they described their interactions with criminals. They discuss, initially, various attempts to get people to stop being criminals… It emphasises agency. A lot of the sociological explanations ignore the fact that the people from very similar backgrounds can end up very differently. (Source)

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This is a new edition of “The Criminal,” originally published in 1890 by Scribner & Welford, of New York. Part of Adeptio’s Unforgettable Classic Series, this is not a facsimile reprint. Obvious typographical errors have been carefully corrected and the entire text has been reset and redesigned by Adeptio Editions to enhance readability, while respecting the original edition. The eBook edition was designed in an elegant style and set to take full advantage of the readers’ features.

“The Criminal” is a remarkable work on criminal anthropology—a new science which arose in Italy...
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David CanterThe Criminal by Havelock Ellis is a remarkably sensible, well-informed book. It’s a reminder that in many ways, we’ve not moved on tremendously well in understanding criminality. Well, perhaps we understand it, the problem is we’ve not really found a way of dealing with it. (Source)

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Forensic Psychology for Dummies

A fascinating guide on the psychology of crime. Thinking of a career that indulges your CSI fantasies? Want to understand the psychology of crime? Whether studying it for the first time or an interested spectator, "Forensic Psychology For Dummies" gives you all the essentials for understanding this exciting field, complemented with fascinating case examples from around the world.

Inside you'll find out why people commit crime, how psychology helps in the investigative process, the ways psychologists work with criminals behind bars - and how you too can become a forensic...
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David CanterWhen I was given the task of putting Forensic Psychology for Dummies together, I really had to embrace the whole discipline and find a way of dealing with it that was engaging and scholarly, without being pompous. (Source)

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