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Criminological and Forensic Psychology

Criminological and Forensic Psychology

Second Edition
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December 2018 | 496 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
The second edition of Criminological and Forensic Psychology is an even more theoretically rigorous, practically relevant, engaging and fun introduction to this broad and fascinating field. It covers both the conceptual basis within which psychology knowledge is applied in forensic contexts and the practical applications of psychology to the criminal civil justice systems.

Key Features:
  • Case studies feature in every chapter and place students in the full context of a criminal case, showing them how psychological theories can be used to explain real-life crimes.

  • In-depth exploration of the fascinating courtroom process including separate chapters on the Defendant’s Mind and The Jury.

  • A dedicated chapter on research methods specific to forensic psychology to help students do their research project around this topic, covering the final year and post-graduate research. 

  • A new chapter on Intimate relationship aggression: Domestic Violence and Domestic Homicide

  • Online resources including chapter-by-chapter multiple choice questions, additional case studies and links to further readings 

Section 1: Defining Criminological and Forensic Psychology
Chapter 1: Defining Forensic Psychology
Chapter 2: Research Methods in Forensic Psychology
Section 2: Psychological Explanations of Crime
Chapter 3: Psychological Approaches to Understanding Crime
Chapter 4: Who Commits Crime? The Criminal Mind
Chapter 5: Juvenile Criminals
Section 3: Psychological Explanations of Specific Crime Types
Chapter 6: The Psychology of Homicide
Chapter 7: The Psychology of Terrorism
Chapter 8: Crimes of a Sexual Nature
Chapter 9: Intimate Relationship Aggression: Domestic Violence and Domestic Homicide
Chapter 10: The Psychology of Firesetting
Chapter 11: The Psychology of Theft, Robbery, and Burglary
Chapter 12: The Psychology of Economic Crime
Section 4: Psychology in Detection and Investigation
Chapter 13: Psychology in the Investigation of Crime
Chapter 14: Psychology in the Police Station 1: Victims and Witnesses
Chapter 15: Psychology in the Police Station 2: Investigative Interviews and the Psychology of False Confession
Section 5: Psychology in the Court Room
Chapter 16: Psychology in Court 1: Procedures and Evidence
Chapter 17: Psychology in Court 2: The Defendant’s Mind
Chapter 18: Psychology in Court 3: The Mind of the Jury
Section 6: Psychology in Prison
Chapter 19: Punishment, Rehabilitation, and Psychology
Chapter 20: Adjustment to Prison Life: Mental Disorder, Life Imprisonment, and Death Row


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For students:

  • Multiple Choice Questions per chapter to test understanding of the topic

For lecturers:

  • Test bank including Multiple Choice Questions and Short Answer Questions per chapter
  • PowerPoint presentations including key concepts from each chapter

A fantastic resource, not only for those studying towards a formal qualification in criminological and / or forensic psychology but also written in a straightforward way that's accessible for anyone with an interest in the subject area. The book has a good range of engaging content with a glossary to aid the reader in developing an understanding of the more technical terminology. The key themes throughout the book allow the reader to make connections and see the 'bigger picture'.


The author threads relevant and engaging research studies throughout the book in a way which demonstrates the importance of research as a foundation for psychological knowledge, but without intimidating those who may be reading for interest only.


From a teaching and learning perspective the book uses valid and reliable sources and encourages the reader to do like-wise. The clear visual overviews allow the reader to clearly focus on the key points while also allowing them to easily compare and contrast the content under discussion. The review of each section allows the reader to consolidate their learning with the opportunity for further reading allowing them to develop a deeper level of knowledge and understanding.


I'll definitely be recommending it to my psychology students.

Claudi Moi
Lecturer, University of the Highlands and Islands

Gavin presents the fundamentals of criminal and forensic psychology in a manner that is both comprehensive and approachable for students. Particularly, an in-depth consideration of research methods really sets this book apart from other key texts in the area, making it a staple for any reading list.

Dr Zara Brodie
Lecturer in Psychology, University of West of Soctland

The first edition of this book was superb. This second edition is even better.  The content is comprehensive, well organised, easy to read, and supported with reference to an excellent range of interesting case studies. 


Stephen Walsh
Manchester Metropolitan University

An essential text for all criminology and forensic psychology students at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. It is an extremely useful resource as it demonstrates throughout the application of psychological theory to forensic practice and contexts.


Dr Clare Allely,
Reader in Forensic Psychology, University of Salford

An exceptional book which takes the reader through the complete forensic process from investigating, profiling, witnessing, right to imprisonment. The book would be a favourite amongst academia as it is thoroughly evidence-based and well researched. Students would find the immensely practical structure of the book useful with the key elements, case studies and summaries to help them engage with the core content of each chapter. Highly readable and recommended to all practitioners working in forensic contexts.


Dr Zendre Swanepoel
University of the Free State

An excellent resource around Mentally Disordered offenders for non-psychiatric nurses.

Mr Roy Johnston
Faculty of Health & Social Care, Edge Hill University
September 27, 2019

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