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Understanding psychology and crime : perspectives on theory and action, James McGuire

Understanding psychology and crime : perspectives on theory and action
Understanding psychology and crime
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perspectives on theory and action
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James McGuire
"This book discusses the complex relationships between psychology, criminology and criminal justice. Challenging the assumptions of those who object to the use of psychology within criminology, this book shows how a methodical approach to the study of criminal behaviour can generate both systematic findings and practical solutions to problems." "McGuire argues for a broader understanding of crime, based on factors such as the individual's cognitive and emotional development, in addition to the influences of socialization, peer groups, and the social and economic environment. He highlights the value of understanding 'pathways' to offending behaviour, and the critical points at which choices are made. Topics include: theoretical and empirical research foundations of 'criminogenic risk factors'; theory turned into practice - the development of offending behaviour programmes; a psychological perspective on some core concepts in criminology: retribution, deterrence and incapacitation; and major practical applications of psychology in policing, prosecution and sentencing."--BOOK JACKET
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Dewey number
  • 364.3
  • 364.3
index present
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LC item number
.M58 2004
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
Series statement
  • Crime and justice
  • Crime and justice
Understanding psychology and crime : perspectives on theory and action, James McGuire
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [226]-263) and indexes
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1. Why psychology? -- Defining crime -- Ordinary crime -- Criminology : the case of the missing person -- The scientific approach -- The assumed philosophical basis of psychology -- Psychology's task -- 2. Accounting for crime -- Main concepts in criminological theory -- Levels of description -- Psychological processes in sociological models -- Theory integration -- Orgins of (cognitive) social learning theory -- 3. Psychological processes in crime -- Basic processes -- Ordinary behaviour -- Psychological processes and individual differences -- 4. Pathways to offending behaviour -- Property offences -- Personal violence -- Substance use and social learning -- Sexual offending -- 5. Individual factors in crime -- Longitudinal studies -- Discovering risk factors through meta-analysis -- Identifying risk factors through evaluation of outcomes -- Offenders with mental disorders -- Individual differences : practical implications -- A framework for crime prevention -- 6. Preventing and reducing crime -- Background to the debate -- Patterns in effect sizes -- Methods of working -- 7. Crime and punishment : a psychological view -- Key concepts in sentencing and punishment -- Evidence for deterrence effects -- The failure of punishment -- Ineffective - but indispensable -- 8. Applications and values -- Psychology and the criminal justice process -- Psychology and crime : the social context -- Psychology, science and politics.þ́
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24 cm
xv, 280 p.
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  • sr21440360
  • (OCoLC)57486272

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