An Introduction to Criminal Psychology by Russil Durrant

By Russil Durrant

Crime is a subject that's of substantial curiosity to policy-makers, politicians and
the public alike. we wish to understand what components can clarify the character and
prevalence of crime in society and use this data to raised boost methods for handling felony behaviour.

This e-book offers a entire evaluation of methods to realizing crime and felony behaviour, with a spotlight on mental views. a variety of forms of legal behaviour are thought of, together with juvenile crime, violent offending, sexual offending, collective violence and drug use. for every kind of offence a transparent assessment of key conceptual and methodological matters is supplied, in addition to a close attention of the key theoretical ways which have been built. The booklet concludes by way of contemplating how our theoretical knowing of crime can tell our responses to felony behaviour when it comes to punishment, prevention and rehabilitation.

Key beneficial properties of the e-book include:

• an in-depth assurance of a extensive variety of alternative kinds of felony behaviour;

• inclusion of a various diversity of alternative theoretical perspectives;

• accessibly written, with wide use of case reviews, bins and activities;

• an in depth use of updated references that spotlight the present country of data within the box of legal psychology.

This booklet could be of curiosity to scholars, lecturers, researchers and practitioners with an curiosity in felony behaviour, and is very appropriate for undergraduate classes in legal psychology, forensic psychology and mental criminology.

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2 Individuals who begin offending at an earlier age commit more offences and have a longer offending career. 3 There is considerable continuity in antisocial and criminal behaviour across the lifespan. 4 A relatively small number of individuals are responsible for the majority of crime. 5 Offenders tend to be criminally versatile and commit a wide variety of different types of offence. 6 Adolescent offenders tend to commit crimes with others, whereas adults tend to offend alone. 7 Important risk factors for offending relate to individual characteristics, and family, school, and community environments.

7 Important risk factors for offending relate to individual characteristics, and family, school, and community environments. 8 Employment, marriage and having children are some of the key life events that are related to desistance from offending. 9 As people age they are, on average, less likely to commit crime. Source: Farrington (2010b). years may impact on criminal behaviour. 2 some of the important findings of developmental criminology are outlined (Farrington, 2010b). In Chapter 2 we explore these topics in more detail.

Social-structural and cultural theories of crime are, therefore, most salient for explaining geographical and historical patterns in criminal behaviour and are less important in accounting for individual differences (particularly among individuals who exist within the same culture or social structure but differ in their crime propensity). We will draw on social-structural and cultural theories of crime in our attempts to explain violent and sexual offending in Chapters 4, 5, 6 and 7. Developmental approaches Are criminals born or made?

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