Introduction to Forensic Psychology, Second Edition is an original approach to understanding how psychologists impact the research, practice, and policy of crime, law, and justice. Divided into four sections on criminal forensics, civil forensics, policing and law enforcement, and corrections and prison practices, the text examines police, court, and correctional aspects of forensic psychology. Each of the twelve chapters are organized around relevant case illustrations, include comprehensive literature reviews, and discuss policy implications and avenues of future research. Each chapter additionally incorporates research on race, gender, and class, as well as including a practice update, highlighting a timely issue or controversy.
The text thoughtfully explores a wide range of adult, juvenile, family, and community themes of interest to students, practitioners, and administrators. New to the Second Edition is a chapter on international criminal forensic psychology, and sections on assessing psychiatric work-related disability, termination of parental rights, counseling prison populations, malingering, crisis intervention in prisons/jails, and child custody evaluations. Suitable as a primary text for courses on psychology and criminal justice, the book may also serve as a reference tool for practicing forensic psychologists.
• Provides an integrative approach provides a more comprehensive understanding of the relevant material
• Focus on police, court and corrections introduces students to how psychologists are important to the criminal justice system
• Presents "cutting edge" issues that prepares students to interpret those issues at the forefront of the field
• Presents a breadth of material accessible to students from which they can consider more intelligently their own career options
• Case illustrations throughout points to the practical need to understand the material
• Incorporates over 35% new material
Audience: Students in courses at the upper level undergraduate and graduate level in forensic psychology; psychologists in legal environments, police officers, and attorneys.\
"Introduction to Forensic Psychology is very highly recommended reading for anyone studying pscyhology, law, the criminal justice system, or related public policy issues."
"The book is easy to read and needs little previous knowledge of psychology."
-SCIENCE & JUSTICE
Explores how psychologists impact the research, practice and policy of crime, law and justice. The text is divided into three broad sections on police and law enforcement, court and the legal system, and corrections and prison practice. Each of these sections is further divided into adult, juvenile, civil and family forensics. Rather than touching on every aspect of the field, the author focuses on the more controversial issues currently influencing the development of the field. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)\
From The Critics
Introduction To Forensic Psychology: Issues And Controversies In Crime And Justice is written and designed for the beginning student of forensic psychology and includes adult, juvenile, family, and civil components of this specialized discipline. Bruce Arrigo (California School of Professional Psychology, Fresno, California) presents an informative, "reader friendly" text covering the full spectrum of contemporary debate on crime, law, and psychology. Introduction To Forensic Psychology is very highly recommended reading for anyone studying psychology, law, the criminal justice system, or related public policy issues.\
Bruce A. Arrigo is Professor of Criminology and Forensic Psychology and Director of the Institute of Psychology, Law, and Public Policy at the California School of Professional Psychology-Fresno. Prior to his career in academe, he was a community organizer and social activist for the homeless, the mentally ill, the working poor, the frail elderly, and the chemically addicted. He is the author of more than 60 journal articles, academic book chapters, and scholarly essays exploring theoretical and applied topics in critical criminology, criminal justice and mental health, and the sociology of law. His recent scholarship has appeared in such periodicals as Criminal Justice and Behavior; Crime, Law, and Social Change; Justice Quarterly; International Journal of Law and Psychiatry; Critical Criminology; Journal of Offender Rehabilitation; Social Justice; Law and Psychology Review; and the International Journal for the Semiotics of Law. He is the author, co-author, or editor of four books. His most recent book-length projects include Madness, Language, and the Law (1994); The Contours of Psychiatric Justice (1996); Social Justice/Criminal Justice: The Maturation of Critical Theory in Law, Crime, and Deviance (1998); and, with T.R. Young, The Dictionary of Critical Social Science (1999). Professor Arrigo is also the editor of the peer-reviewed quarterly Humanity and Society and the founding editor of the periodical Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice.
Part I: Court and the Legal Systems: Criminal Forensics.
International Criminal Forensics.
Adult Forensics. PART II: Court and Legal System: Civil Forensics.
Family Forensics. PART III: Police and Law Enforcement.
Adult Issues in Policing/Psychology.
Juvenile Issues in Policing/Psychology.
Family/Community Issues in Policing/Psychology. Part IV: Corrections and Prison Practices.
Adult Issues in Corrections/Correctional Psychology.
Juvenile Issues in Corrections/Correctional Psychology.
Family/Community Issues in Corrections/Correctional Psychology.