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Introduction to forensic and criminal psychology

Introduction to forensic and criminal psychology

Howitt, Dennis

This text offers an introduction to an increasingly popular subject. It is comprehensive, detailed and written with students in mind. A companion website is available to enhance the study experience

Paperback, Book. English.
Published Harlow: Pearson, 2018
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Statement of responsibility: Dennis Howitt
ISBN: 1292187166, 9781292187167
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xxix, 686 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Subject: Forensic psychology.; Criminal psychology.


  1. What is forensic and criminal psychology?
  2. The social context of crime
  3. Crime and the public
  4. Victims of crime
  5. Theories of crime
  6. Juvenile offenders and beyond
  7. Theft and other crimes against property
  8. Violent offenders
  9. Sexual offenders 1: rapists
  10. Sexual offenders 2: paedophiles and child molestation
  11. Police psychology
  12. Terrorism and hostage-taking incidents
  13. Eyewitness testimony
  14. Profile analysis 1: FBI-style offender profiling
  15. Profile analysis 2: investigative psychology, statistical and geographical profiling
  16. False allegation
  17. False and true confessions
  18. Lies, lie detecting and credibility 1: the psychology of deception
  19. Lies, lie detection and credibility 2: the polygraph test and statement validity analysis
  20. Children as witnesses
  21. Mental disorders and crime
  22. Mental, personality and intellectual problems in court
  23. Judges and lawyers
  24. Juries and decision making
  25. Effective prison
  26. Psychological treatment for prisoners and other offenders
  27. Assessment of risk, dangerousness and recidivism.