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Understanding psychology and crime : perspectives on theory and action

Author: James McGuire
Publisher: Maidenhead : Open University Press, 2004.
Series: Crime and justice (Buckingham, England)
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"This book discusses the complex relationships between psychology, criminology and criminal justice. Challenging the assumptions of those who object to the use of psychology within criminology, this book shows how a methodical approach to the study of criminal behaviour can generate both systematic findings and practical solutions to problems." "McGuire argues for a broader understanding of crime, based on factors  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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McGuire, James, 1948-
Understanding psychology and crime.
Maidenhead, Berkshire, England ; New York : Open University Press, 2004
(OCoLC)57486272
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: James McGuire
ISBN: 9780335226436 0335226434
OCLC Number: 182530399
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 280 pages).
Contents: 1. Why psychology? --
Defining crime --
Ordinary crime --
Criminology : the case of the missing person --
The scientific approach --
The assumed philosophical basis of psychology --
Psychology's task --
2. Accounting for crime --
Main concepts in criminological theory --
Levels of description --
Psychological processes in sociological models --
Theory integration --
Orgins of (cognitive) social learning theory --
3. Psychological processes in crime --
Basic processes --
Ordinary behaviour --
Psychological processes and individual differences --
4. Pathways to offending behaviour --
Property offences --
Personal violence --
Substance use and social learning --
Sexual offending --
5. Individual factors in crime --
Longitudinal studies --
Discovering risk factors through meta-analysis --
Identifying risk factors through evaluation of outcomes --
Offenders with mental disorders --
Individual differences : practical implications --
A framework for crime prevention --
6. Preventing and reducing crime --
Background to the debate --
Patterns in effect sizes --
Methods of working --
7. Crime and punishment : a psychological view --
Key concepts in sentencing and punishment --
Evidence for deterrence effects --
The failure of punishment --
Ineffective --
but indispensable --
8. Applications and values --
Psychology and the criminal justice process --
Psychology and crime : the social context --
Psychology, science and politics.þ́
Series Title: Crime and justice (Buckingham, England)
Responsibility: James McGuire.

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Addresses such questions as: What contributions can psychology make to our understanding of crime? And, how can psychological models and research help to prevent crime and reduce repeat offending?  Read more...

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