Behaviour, Crime and Legal Processes: A Guide for Forensic Practitioners / Edition 1

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Areas of professional practice, such as law, psychiatry, and the behavioural and social sciences, overlap at numerous points in terms of underlying concepts and basic research. They also intersect at an everyday level in their work with individuals whose multiple problems simultaneously require attention from legal, mental health, and social services professionals. Behaviour, Crime and Legal Processes explicitly sets out to close the gaps between the professions. It addresses the questions that arise at the meeting-points and cross-roads of different backgrounds and spheres of activity, thereby helping people working in these different fields to grasp the nature and implications of each other's perspectives and adopt a better-informed approach to inter-disciplinary work.
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Editorial Reviews

This volume is aimed at "those whose work straddles the fissures between criminal justice, mental health, and social and behavioral sciences" (from the foreword). Contributions from British academics make connections between the behavioral sciences and legal processes, discussing issues such as psychology and police investigation, factors influencing witness evidence, and decision-making in legal settings. Other contributions explore topics such as psychosis and offending, care and management in the community, and the treatment of sexual deviation and aggression. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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"I strongly recommend it to practitioners, researches and students alike in psychology, psychiatry, social work, the probation and prison services, law and policing." (Expert Evidence, Vol 15, 2001)

"..enjoyable and thought provoking, it is a positive contribution to the debate.." (Criminal Justice, Vol.1, No.2)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471998686
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/11/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

About the Editors
About the Contributors
Ch. 1 Behavioural Sciences Applied to Forensic and Legal Contexts 3
Ch. 2 The Legal Context: Obstacle or Opportunity? 19
Ch. 3 Psychology and Police Investigation 39
Ch. 4 Factors Influencing Witness Evidence 65
Ch. 5 Psycho-legal Studies as an Interface Discipline 83
Ch. 6 Decision-Making in Legal Settings 111
Ch. 7 Explanations of Offence Behaviour 135
Ch. 8 Psychosis and Offending 161
Ch. 9 Risk Assessment and Prediction 177
Ch. 10 Systems of Services 205
Ch. 11 Care and Management in the Community 235
Ch. 12 Treatment of Sexual Deviation and Aggression 257
Ch. 13 Treatment Approaches with Mentally Disordered Offenders 281
Ch. 14 Effective Interventions, Service and Policy Implications 289
Index 315
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