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This extensive, up-to-date core text introduces students to new, emerging fields of study within forensic psychology. Emphasizing a contemporary developmental approach toward the understanding of crime and delinquency, the Second Edition of Introduction to Forensic Psychology features a multicultural perspective and focuses on the application of psychological knowledge and research. The authors introduce students to the many careers related to forensic psychology, as well as issues that are an integral part of the day-to-day work of forensic psychologists. New coverage in this edition includes relationships between mental disorders and crime and violence, sexual deviance, death penalty mitigation, restorative justice initiatives, arson and typologies of juvenile fire setters, sexual harassment, and criminal sentencing.

New to This Edition!

  • Includes an extensive look at developmental perspectives and biological research as they relate to the formation of delinquent and adult offending
  • Provides a greater emphasis on criminal justice applications in this edition to show relevance for students interested in careers in the field
  • Boasts more examples throughout the text to captivate and hold student interest, such as chapter-opening case examples, the anatomy of an autopsy, date rape, and an Andrea Yates update
  • More accessible to students with learning objectives at the start of each chapter, new review questions at the ends of chapters, a list of key concepts defined in the chapters, boxed excerpts, and chapter summaries, all aiming to reinforce student learning
  • Presents a new two-color design throughout

Ancillaries Available!

  • Instructor Resources on CD feature chapter summaries and outlines, test questions, PowerPoint slides, discussion topics, and more. Qualified instructors can request a copy by contacting SAGE Customer Care at 1-800-818-7243 from 6AM-5PM, PT.
  • Student study site at The Student study site offers additional journal articles and a variety of supplemental web resources in support of the both the text and the reader.
  • Intended Audience: This core text is designed for undergraduate and graduate students of Forensic Psychology as well as similar courses in departments of psychology, criminal justice, and criminology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412958301
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 3/26/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne M. Bartol earned an MA and a PhD in Criminal Justice from State University of New York at Albany. She also holds an MA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught criminal justice, sociology, and journalism courses over a 20-year college teaching career, primarily at Castleton State College, and has worked as a journalist and a social worker in child and adolescent protective services. In addition to Introduction to Forensic Psychology, she coauthored, with Curt Bartol, Juvenile Delinquency: A Systems Approach, Delinquency and Justice: A Psychosocial Approach (2nd edition), and Psychology and Law: Theory, Research, and Application (3rd edition). She has served as book review editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior and has published articles on women and criminal justice, rural courts, and the history of forensic psychology.

Curt R. Bartol has been a college professor for more than 30 years, teaching a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate courses, including biopsychology, criminal behavior, juvenile delinquency, introduction to forensic psychology, social psychology, and psychology and law. He earned his PhD in Personality/Social Psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1972. He was instrumental in creating and launching Castleton State College's graduate program in Forensic Psychology and served as its Director for 6 years. As a licensed clinical psychologist, he has been a consulting police psychologist to local, municipal, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for nearly 25 years. He is also the Editor of Criminal Justice and Behavior, the international journal of the American Association for Correctional Psychologists.

In addition to Introduction to Forensic Psychology, he has written Criminal Behavior: A Psychosocial Approach, now in its sixth edition, and coauthored, with Anne Bartol, Juvenile Delinquency: A Systems Approach, Delinquency and Justice: A Psychosocial Approach (2nd edition), and Psychology and Law: Theory, Research, and Application (3rd edition). He has published extensively in the field of forensic psychology.

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Table of Contents

I Introduction

I Forensic Psychology: Introduction and Overview 2

II Police and Investigative Psychology

2 Police Psychology: History and Practice 34

3 Investigative Psychology 79

III Psychology and the Courts

4 Consulting and Testifying 114

5 Consulting With Criminal Courts 150

6 Consulting With Juvenile and Civil Courts 183

IV Criminal Psychology

7 The Development of Habitual Criminal Behavior 224

8 Psychology of Violence and Intimidation 265

9 Psychology of Sexual Assault 301

V Victimology and Victim Services

10 Forensic Psychology and the Victims of Crime 338

11 Family Violence, Abuse, and Victimization 369

VI Correctional Psychology

12 Correctional Psychology in Adult Settings 408

13 Juvenile Corrections 455

Glossary 480

Cases Cited 492

References 493

Author Index 531

Subject Index 548

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