Criminal Behavior / Edition 1

Criminal Behavior / Edition 1

by Elaine Cassel, Douglas A. Bernstein, Douglas A. Bernstein
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205280404

ISBN-13: 9780205280407

Pub. Date: 11/11/2000

Publisher: Pearson Education

Criminal Behavior explores crime as a developmental process from birth through early adulthood. It further examines the role that legal, political, and criminal justice systems play in the development of criminal behavior. Criminal Behavior:

  • takes into account biological, genetic, developmental, familial, social, educational, cultural,

Overview

Criminal Behavior explores crime as a developmental process from birth through early adulthood. It further examines the role that legal, political, and criminal justice systems play in the development of criminal behavior. Criminal Behavior:

  • takes into account biological, genetic, developmental, familial, social, educational, cultural, political, and economic factors correlated with crime;
  • references actual cases and events to serve as examples of the principles introduced;
  • critically examines the roles of the criminal and juvenile justice systems and methods of punishment in the development of and response to criminal behavior;
  • explores the effects of crime on victims and looks at correlations between crimes and victim characteristics and behaviors;
  • examines the role of childhood and adolescent behavioral and mental health disorders in the development of criminal behavior; and
  • investigates the differences between criminals and the rest of society, and the differences and similarities between and among criminals.

Chock-full of personal anecdotes, this engaging text is unique in that it combines the experience of Doug Bernstein, a clinical psychologist and a successful textbook author, and Elaine Cassel, a practicing attorney who regularly teaches psychology and law. Organized around five dimensions related to the causes, characteristics, and consequences of crime, the book summarizes the programs that research suggest offer the best hope for doing a better job of dealing with crime in the 21st century. The authors argue that prevention is the key to dealing with crime, and present comprehensive suggestions for crime prevention.

The new edition features the latest criminal statistics available, as well as the most current research on the causes and correlations of crime and violence. Other highlights include: discussion of the latest brain-imaging research in psychopathy - how psychopaths' brains are different from "normal" brains; the latest on gang activities and how their venues have migrated to suburban and rural areas; terrorism and its roots; Internet crimes, especially sexual predator crimes; the latest research on how media violence, especially violent interactive video games, contributes to criminal behavior; the examination of drug and mental health courts as alternatives to punishment; and recent Supreme Court rulings eliminating the death penalty for juveniles and the mentally retarded.

Intended as a textbook for upper-level courses on criminal behavior, psychology and law, and developmental psychopathology taught in departments of psychology, criminology, criminal justice, law, and sociology and/or criminal justice training academies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205280407
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
11/11/2000
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
402
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 9.25(h) x 3.79(d)

Table of Contents

Most chapters conclude with "Conclusions."

1. What Is Crime?
Crime as a Legal Concept.
The Sociology of Crime.
The Politics of Crime.
The Morality of Crime.
The Classification of Crimes.
The Statistics of Crime.
Methods for Studying Criminal Behavior.
Criminals and Criminal Behavior.

2. The Criminal Justice System.
Overview of the Criminal Justice System.
Dealing with Special Defendants.
Law Enforcement Officers.
Prosecutors.
Defense Attorneys.
Juries.
Judges.

3. The Juvenile Justice System.
Juvenile Justice Processes.
The Psycholegal Status of Juvenile Offenders.
Juvenile Justice Applied: The Case of Ronald.
The Future of Juvenile Justice.

4. Biological Roots of Crime.
Physical Appearance and Crime.
Evolution and Crime.
Genes and Crime.
Crime and the Brain.
Hormones and Crime.
Alcohol, Drugs, and Crime.

5. Psychological Roots of Crime.
Personality and Crime.
Traits and Crime.
Psychodynamics and Crime.
Learning and Crime.
Cognition and Crime.
Personality Disorders and Crime.

6. Social and Environmental Roots of Crime.
Social Origins of Human Aggression and Violence.
Social Cognition, Social Behavior, and Crime.
The Environmental Roots of Crime.
The Ecology of Crime.

7. The Development of Crime from Early Childhood to Adolescence.
Pathways to Crime.
Biological Influences on the Development of Criminal Behavior.
Developmental Disorders and Crime.
Learning to Be—Or Not to Be—A Criminal.
Family Influences on Criminal Behavior.

8. The Development of Crime from Adolescence to Adulthood.
Adolescence: Challenges and Risks.
Choosing Crime: Moral Development and Social Influence.
Gender Differences in the Development of Criminal Behavior.
Conduct Disorder and the Development of Criminal Behavior.
Substance Abuse and the Development of Criminal Behavior.
Gangs, Guns, and the Development of Criminal Behavior.
Declining Family Influence and Criminal Behavior.
School Failure and the Development of Criminal Behavior.
Pathways to Adult Crime.

9. Mental Disorders and Crime.
What Is Mental Disorder?
Specific Mental Disorders and Crime.
Diagnostic Foundations for an Insanity Plea.
Factors Contributing to Crime among the Mentally Ill.

10. Violent Crimes.
Robbery.
Murder and Nonnegligent Manslaughter.
Aggravated Assault and Domestic Violence.
Hate Crimes.
Sex Crimes.

11. Economic and Property Crimes.
Arson.
Burglary, Larceny, and Auto Theft.
Fraud.
Occupational Crime.
Syndicated Crime.

12. Victims of Crime.
Who Are Crime Victims?
The Legal Status of Victims.
The Role of Victims in the Criminal Justice System.
Victimology.
Society as a Victim of Crime.

13. The Punishment of Crime, and the Crime of Punishment.
The Goals of Punishment.
Sentencing Procedures and Options.
Imprisonment.
The Death Penalty.

14. The Future of Crime.
A Review of Risk Factors for Criminal Behavior.
Preventing Crime.
Obstacles to Crime Prevention.

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