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Psychological criminology : an integrative approach

Author: Richard Wortley
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The book provides a comprehensive coverage of psychological theories of crime and criminality, emphasising the connections among approaches, and to show how, taken together, they provide a more complete picture of crime and criminality.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wortley, Richard (Richard K.).
Psychological criminology.
New York : Routledge, 2011
(DLC) 2010041203
(OCoLC)668403687
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Richard Wortley
ISBN: 9781843928072 1843928078 9780203806098 0203806093
OCLC Number: 727140024
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 271 pages) : illustrations
Contents: 1. Introduction --
2. Human nature --
3. Heredity --
4. The brain --
5. Personality --
6. Development --
7. Learning --
8. Cognition --
9. Situations --
10. Conclusion. 1. Introduction --
What is psychological criminology? --
Defining crime and criminals --
Debates about the nature of crime and criminality --
Psychological theories of crime and criminality: an integrated model --
2. Human nature --
The principles of evolution --
Evolution and behaviour --
Crime-focused evolutionary approaches --
Offender-focused evolutionary approaches --
Conclusion and evaluation --
3. Heredity --
A primer in behavioural genetics --
Heritability of criminality --
Variations in the heritability of criminality --
Beyond behavioural genetics: molecular genetics --
Conclusion and evaluation --
4. The brain --
Basic brain structures and functions --
Psychophysiology and crime --
Biochemistry and crime --
Neuroanatomy and crime --
Neuro-environmental factors and crime --
Putting it together: neuropsychological theories of crime --
Conclusion and evaluation --
5. Personality --
Trait approaches to personality --
The single-trait approach and crime --
The super-trait approach: Eysenck's three-factor theory of crime --
Antisocial personality disorder (APD) --
Conclusion and evaluation --
6. Development --
The biological and environmental foundations of human development --
Developmental risk and protective factors for crime --
Psychosocial development and crime --
Criminal careers --
Conclusion and evaluation --
7. Learning --
The science of behaviour --
Classical conditioning --
Operant conditioning --
Social learning --
Conclusion and evaluation --
8. Cognition --
The cognitive revolution --
Social cognitive theory --
Offender decision-making --
Schemas and scripts --
Conclusion and evaluation --
9. Situations --
What is a situation? --
Social psychology --
Environmental psychology --
Opportunity theories --
The person-situation interaction (again) --
Conclusion and evaluation --
10. Conclusion --
The argument in a nutshell --
The strengths and limits of integration --
Implications for practice.
Responsibility: Richard Wortley.

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