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Criminal & Behavioral Profiling

Criminal & Behavioral Profiling

© 2013 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
What is the job of a "criminal profiler" really like? We see these roles played out nightly on tv shows and in the news, but how does law enforcement today actually use empirical data to correctly assess behaviour and help solve crimes, particularly serial crimes?

Criminal and Behavioral Profiling, written by well-established authors Curt and Anne Bartol, presents a realistic and empirically-based look at the theory, research, and practice of modern criminal profiling, or, as it's more professionally termed, behavioural analysis or behavioural investigative analysis. Designed for use in a variety of criminal justice and psychology courses, the book delves into the process of identifying distinctive behavioural tendencies, geographical locations, demographic, and biographical descriptors of offenders, and personality traits, based on characteristics of the crime. Timely literature and case studies from the rapidly growing international research in criminal profiling help students understand the best practices, major pitfalls, and psychological concepts that are key to this process.

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Crime Scene Profiling
Chapter 3: Scientific Approaches to Crime Scene Profiling
Chapter 4: Geographic Profiling and Mapping
Chapter 5: Profiling Applied to Specific Crimes
Chapter 6: Psychological Profiling: A Focus on Threat and Risk Assessment
Chapter 7: Suspect-Based Profiling
Chapter 8: Reconstructive Psychological Evaluation: The Psychological Autopsy
Chapter 9: Profiling In Court

This book has been considered as supplemental reading for our MSc programme. It provides a comprehensive overview of criminal profiling in an interesting and accessible manner. Case studies help bring the theory and techniques to life.

Dr Michael Lewis
Social Science , Kaplan Professional
August 3, 2016

Very good text. up-to-date and includes an international perspective

Ms Jan Nicholson
Sport & Public Policy, Bishop Burton College
June 15, 2015

This is a really well-written and interesting book that our students will hopefully connect with well. Uses a good range of examples and relevant research.

Dr Gillian Harrop
Psychology, University of Worcester
January 28, 2015

Most appropriate for my new course called Profiling and Threat Assessment Hits on all the appropriate topics in a writing style well-liked by the students and is more than authoritative enough for my requirements

Daniel Kennedy
Sociology Anthropology Dept, Oakland University
October 8, 2013

My profiling class is very specific and this just didn't quite fit it.

Dr Mark Leymon
Criminology and Criminal Justice, Portland State University
September 12, 2013

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ISBN: 9781412983082