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Psychology in Prisons illustrates how a knowledge of psychological principles can lead to a better understanding of the prison environment and the problems that occur within it. The authors show how psychology can be used to increase understanding of prisoners and to deal with day-to-day problems in prison life. They focus on key problem areas such as sex offenders, violent criminals and the issue of AIDS. The book also explores the effects of the prison environment on staff and suggests means of reducing the ...

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Psychology in Prisons

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Overview

Psychology in Prisons illustrates how a knowledge of psychological principles can lead to a better understanding of the prison environment and the problems that occur within it. The authors show how psychology can be used to increase understanding of prisoners and to deal with day-to-day problems in prison life. They focus on key problem areas such as sex offenders, violent criminals and the issue of AIDS. The book also explores the effects of the prison environment on staff and suggests means of reducing the levels of stress.

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Clinical psychologists apply psychological principles to the behaviors seen in prisons, arguing that violence, distress, and stress on the part of the inmates can be better controlled if more thoroughly understood. The areas addressed include the reasons for becoming involved in crime, adapting to prison, key causes of tension, special groups such as sex offenders, and the tension experienced by the staff. No bibliography. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203423356
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/22/1993
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 448 KB

Table of Contents

1 Psychology and its role in prisons 1
2 Criminal behaviour - how it develops 8
3 Understanding sex offenders 16
4 Alcohol and drugs - their role in criminal behaviour 27
5 Understanding violence and aggression 42
6 Psychological disturbance in prison 55
7 The impact of AIDS on prison life 67
8 Communication skills 79
9 Coping with disturbed prisoners 92
10 Coping with face-to-face violence 102
11 Hostage-taking in prisons 112
12 Stress and working in prisons 123
13 Giving evidence in court 137
Index 146
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