Psychological Criminology addresses the question: what is it about individuals and their experiences that cause them to commit crime and/or to become criminal?
This book provides a comprehensive coverage of psychological theories of crime and criminality, exploring theories focusing on factors present at birth (human nature, heredity); theories that focus on factors that influence the offender over the lifespan (learning, development); and theories focusing on factors present at the crime scene. It emphasizes the connections among the different approaches, and demonstrates how, taken together rather than as rival explanations, they provide a more complete picture of crime and criminality than each provides individually.
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Key features of the book include:
- a focus on theory – ‘explaining’ crime and criminality,
- an integrative approach,
- accessible to readers who do not have a background in psychology.
Psychological Criminology highlights the contributions that psychological theory can make to the broader field of criminology; it will be of interest to students, academics, researchers and practitioners in both criminology and forensic psychology.