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Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Research and Application

Fifth Edition
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January 2018 | 688 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

“The text provides a great, general overview of different areas of criminal and civil forensic psychology.”
—Apryl Alexander, PsyD, Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Denver

Written by authors with extensive experience in the field and in the classroom, Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Research and Application, Fifth Edition demonstrates how to analyze psychological knowledge and research findings and then apply these findings to the civil and criminal justice systems. Focusing on research-based forensic practice and practical application, this text uses real-life examples and case law discussions to define and explore forensic psychology. This text introduces students to emerging specializations within forensic psychology, including investigative psychology, family forensic psychology, and police and public safety psychology. Students will develop a multicultural perspective with an ethnic and racial sensitivity, which is critical to the successful practice of forensic psychology. 

New to the Fifth Edition:

  • Updated statistics, research, and case law, such as recent Aid in Dying legislation, as well as analysis of recent events, help students see the real-world applications to current events. 
  • Updated Focus boxes empower students to dig deeper into current issues, such as mental health courts, community-oriented policing, child abduction, hate crimes, the death penalty, and more. All Focus boxes also contain discussion questions for students to debate in a classroom setting.
  • All new From My Perspective boxes provide students with information about career choices as well as helpful advice about pursuing their goals.
  • Increased attention to immigration-related issues offers students additional insights into immigration proceedings and ways to consult with the courts. 
  • Additional coverage of human trafficking and online sexual predators enables students to better understand the psychological effects on victims and the services available to help. 
  • Current research on violent video games, cyberbullying, and cyberstalking provides real examples of the effects of violent media.
  • New research on juveniles allows students to see the important contributions of neuropsychologists, particularly in terms of brain development in adolescents and promising community-based treatment approaches for juveniles. 

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Part 1. Introduction
Chapter 1: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
The Forensic Sciences  
Forensic Psychology: An Overview  
Brief History of Forensic Psychology  
Forensic Psychology Today  
Forensic Psychology, Forensic Psychiatry, and Forensic Social Work  
Ethical Issues  
Careers in Psychology  
Forensic Psychology as a Specialty  
Research and Practice Careers in Forensic Psychology  
Part 2: Police and Investigative Psychology
Chapter 2: Police and Public Safety Psychology
Police Psychology: A Developing Profession  
Forensic Assessment in Police and Public Safety Psychology  
Psychological Intervention Responsibilities  
Operational Responsibilities  
Consulting and Research Activities  
Chapter 3: Psychology of Investigations
Investigative Psychology  
Problems With Profiling  
Police Interviewing and Interrogation  
Detection of Deception  
Forensic Hypnosis  
Eyewitness Evidence  
Pretrial Identification Methods  
Part 3: Legal Psychology
Chapter 4: Consulting and Testifying
Court Structure and Jurisdiction  
The Judicial Process  
The Assessment of Risk  
Trial and Litigation Consultation  
Expert Testimony  
Surviving the Witness Stand  
Chapter 5: Consulting With Criminal Courts
Competency to Stand Trial  
Assessment of Criminal Responsibility  
Other Psychological Defenses Pertaining to Criminal Conduct  
Sentencing Evaluations  
Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators  
Chapter 6: Family Law and Other Forms of Civil Litigation
Family or Domestic Courts  
Child Custody Evaluations  
Forensic Psychology and Civil Litigation  
Civil Capacities  
Involuntary Civil Commitment  
Sexual and Gender Harassment  
Part 4: Criminal Psychology
Chapter 7: The Development of Delinquent and Criminal Behavior
The Juvenile Offender  
The Nature and Extent of Juvenile Offending  
The Developmental Perspective  
Adolescent Brain Development  
Developmental Factors in the Formation of Persistent Criminal Behavior  
Additional Social Developmental Influences  
Juvenile Firesetting: An Illustration of the Developmental Perspective  
The Criminal Psychopath  
Juvenile Psychopathy  
The Female Psychopath  
Racial/Ethnic Differences  
Treatment and Rehabilitation of Psychopaths  
Chapter 8: Psychology of Violence and Intimidation
UCR Data on Violent Crime  
Gender, Race, and Ethnic Differences in Criminal Violence  
Theoretical Perspectives on Violence  
The Effects of Violent Media  
Threat Assessment  
Workplace Violence  
Criminal Homicide  
Hate or Bias Crimes  
Stalking: The Crime of Intimidation  
Chapter 9: Psychology of Sexual Assault
Definitions of Sexual Assault and Rape  
Date or Acquaintance Rape  
Demographics of Men Who Rape  
Typologies of Men Who Rape  
Child Sex Offenders  
Female Sex Offender Typologies  
Online Child Sexual Predators  
Juvenile Sex Offenders  
Recidivism Rates of Sex Offenders  
Assessment of Sex Offenders  
Part 5: Victimology and Victim Services
Chapter 10: Forensic Psychology and the Victims of Crime
Multiculturalism and Victimization  
Legal Rights of Victims  
Crime Victimization Data  
Psychological Effects of Criminal Victimization  
Homicide Victimization  
Sexual Assault Victimization  
Child Sexual Abuse Accommodation Syndrome (CSAAS)  
Internet Victimization  
Human Trafficking  
Chapter 11: Family Violence and Child Victimization
Intimate Partner and Family Violence  
Child Abuse  
Repressed and Recovered Memories  
Roles of the Forensic Psychologist in Child Abuse Cases  
Child Abduction  
Elder Abuse and Neglect  
Part 6: Correctional Psychology
Chapter 12: Correctional Psychology in Adult Settings
Institutional Corrections  
Overview of Correctional Facilities  
Legal Rights of Inmates  
Roles of the Correctional Psychologist  
Psychological Assessment in Corrections  
Treatment and Rehabilitation in Correctional Facilities  
Treatment of Special Populations  
Obstacles to the Treatment of Inmates  
Community-Based Corrections  
Chapter 13: Juvenile Justice and Corrections
Juvenile Courts  
A Brief History of the Juvenile Court  
Juvenile Assessment: An Overview  
Juvenile Amenability to Rehabilitation  
Out-of-Home Placements  
Psychological Treatment in Juvenile Facilities  
Approaches to Rehabilitation  
Cases Cited
Author Index
Subject Index
About the Authors


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“The text provides a great, general overview of different areas of criminal and civil forensic psychology.”

Apryl Alexander, PsyD
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Denver

“Among the existing textbooks, Bartol & Bartol’s book is not only a comprehensive textbook on knowledge and research in forensic psychology and psychology and law, it has a strong orientation to contemporary practice of the field.  The book covers the full scope of forensic psychology with chapters organized under the five sub disciplines:  legal psychology, police and public safety psychology, criminal psychology, victimology and victim services, and correctional psychology.  The book also covers some of the emerging areas in forensic psychology such as family forensic psychology, public safety psychology, investigative psychology, and forensic neuropsychology.”

Albert Toh
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

 “…an excellent overall introduction to the field of forensic psychology…provides a very comprehensive overview to the specialty areas of forensic psychology which is very important for students who may not know what forensic psychology is or how broad the field is."

Kendell L. Coker, Ph.D., J.D.
University of New Haven

“Comprehensive, follows my model of forensic psychology and cost-efficient.”

Michael P. Hoff, Ph.D.
Dalton State College

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