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Forensic Psychology: Crime, Justice, Law, Interventions, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-1-119-99195-3
466 pages
April 2012, ©2012
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Forensic psychology is a constantly growing discipline, both as a profession for graduates and in terms of student interest. This book highlights the often sizable gap between the media myths surrounding forensic practice and reality. Graham Davies and Anthony Beech present an exciting and broad range of topics within the field including detailed treatments of the causes of crime, investigative methods, the trial process, and interventions with different types of offenders and offences. Written by a mix of leading senior researchers and younger academics, Forensic Psychology draws on a wealth of experience in this popular subject area to produce a new edition that will interest and enthuse today’s generation of students.

For the second edition, this book has been greatly expanded, enabling coverage to be extended to new and growing areas of forensic practice. Forensic Psychology is also now part of the BPS Blackwell series – the only series to be approved by the British Psychological Society.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors xix

Preface to Second Edition xxi

About the Editors xxiii

Introduction 1
Graham Davies, Anthony Beech and Clive Hollin


1 Psychological Approaches to Understanding Crime 17
Emma J. Palmer

2 Developmental and Psychological Theories of Offending 37
David P. Farrington and Maria M. Ttofi

3 Contributions of Forensic Neuroscience 55
Anthony Beech, Benjamin Nordstrom and Adrian Raine

4 Effects of Interpersonal Crime on Victims 77
Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis and Emma Sleath


5 Eyewitness Evidence 99
Lindsay C. Malloy, Daniel B. Wright and Elin M. Skagerberg

6 Interviewing Vulnerable Witnesses 115
Robyn E. Holliday, Joyce E. Humphries, Charles J. Brainerd and Valerie F. Reyna

7 Interviewing Suspects 135
Ulf Holmberg

8 Detecting Deception 151
Pär Anders Granhag and Maria Hartwig

9 Offender Profi ling and Crime Linkage 171
Jessica Woodhams

10 Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking 189
Louise Dixon and Erica Bowen

11 Terrorism 207
Max Taylor


12 Judicial Processes 229
Jacqueline M. Wheatcroft

13 Safeguarding Witnesses 247
Helen L. Westcott and Graham Davies

14 Identifi cation Evidence 267
Tim Valentine

15 Role of the Expert Witness 287
Brian R. Clifford


16 Crime and Punishment: 'What Works'? 307
James McGuire

17 Risk Assessment and Offender Programmes 327
Ruth Hatcher

18 Interventions with Dangerous Offenders 349
Leigh Harkins, Jayson Ware and Ruth Mann

19 Interventions for Offenders with Intellectual Disabilities 369
William R. Lindsay, John L. Taylor and Amanda M. Michie

20 Interventions with Mentally Disordered Offenders 391
Dawn Fisher, Michelle Ginty and Jagjit Sandhu

21 Offender Rehabilitation: Good Lives, Desistance and Risk Reduction 407
Tony Ward, Chelsea Rose and Gwenda M. Willis

Glossary 425

Index 433

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Author Information

Graham Davies is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Leicester and an Honorary Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Universities of Birmingham and Coventry, UK. His research interests focus on the testimony of children and adults and the support of vulnerable witnesses at court, on which topics he has published 10 books and over 150 articles in scientific journals. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and a former president of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition and of the European Association for Psychology and Law.

Anthony Beech is a Professor and Head of the Centre for Forensic and Criminological Psychology at the University of Birmingham, UK. He has authored over 140 peer-reviewed articles, 39 book chapters and 5 books in the area of forensic science/criminal justice. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and was the recipient of the Senior Award from the British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology for a significant lifetime contribution to Forensic Psychology in 2009. He also received the Significant Achievement award from the US-based Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) in 2009.

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New to This Edition

Changes to the second edition include:

  • Greater range of authors and topics
  • Wider use of case studies
  • Topics for essays and class discussions, plus additional recommended reading
  • New and improved page design and layout
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The Wiley Advantage

·         Contributions from renowned experts in their fields

·         Both comprehensive and detailed: covers the whole spectrum of forensic psychology in sufficient depth in each part

·         Written specifically with the undergraduate student in mind, with a wealth of accompanying resources to aid teaching and learning

·         Endorsed by the British Psychological Society

·         Increased coverage on offender treatment and criminological issues

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‘‘This book provides an excellent introduction to forensic psychology.  It provides an up-to-date and comprehensive coverage of the subject which is broad enough to provide an insight into the wide range of topic areas, but detailed enough for readers to be able to gain a good grasp of the subject and importantly know where to go for more specific reading material.’’
Dr Jo Bailey, Lead Psychologist and Directorate of Public Sector Prisons, UK

"This collection will prove indispensable to undergraduates, postgraduates and practitioners.  The unique appeal can be found not just in the range of topics presented but also their topical nature.  The literature reviews are strong and well presented, with good and appropriate use of case studies. I do not feel any similarly marketed texts are even close to this in terms of quality, breadth and application. "
Professor Jane L. Ireland, School of Psychology, University of Central Lancashire, UK and Ashworth Research Centre (ARC), High Secure Forensic Psychiatry Services, Mersey Care NHS Trust, UK

“The 2nd edition of Forensic Psychology entrenches the work as indispensable and authoritative. This edited collection is comprehensive in its treatment of current international issues in the area. It facilitates a sophisticated understanding from a forensic and criminological psychology perspective of the complex and diverse issues that underpin and influence contemporary law and legal processes.”
Professor Ian Freckelton, Senior Counsel, Professor of Law, Forensic Psychology and Forensic Medicine, Monash University, Australia

"Readers seeking an accessible introduction to a variety of areas of this growing discipline will find much that is useful here. The overviews of psychological issues, theoretical perspectives and relevant research are enhanced by summaries, case studies and questions for discussion. The well-chosen references and suggestions for additional reading are especially valuable. Its distinctive contribution is to go beyond familiar starting-points and to give the encouragement of further exploration a lively and tangible form."
Dr Adrian Needs, Principal Lecturer/Chartered & HPC Registered Forensic Psychologist, University of Portsmouth, UK

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"An excellent introductory textbook, comprehensive and easy to read..."  MARGARET WATKIN, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK
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