Straight Talk About Criminals / Edition 1

Straight Talk About Criminals / Edition 1

by Stanton E. Samenow
     
 

ISBN-10: 0765703408

ISBN-13: 9780765703408

Pub. Date: 09/01/2002

Publisher: Aronson, Jason Inc.

Is there a genetic predisposition to crime? Should mental illness be taken into account? Do family and social environments have a role? Do people become abusers because they have been abused? How can people who do terrible things consider themselves good people? What should someone involved in a relationship with a criminal know? Stanton Samenow, co-author of the…  See more details below

Overview

Is there a genetic predisposition to crime? Should mental illness be taken into account? Do family and social environments have a role? Do people become abusers because they have been abused? How can people who do terrible things consider themselves good people? What should someone involved in a relationship with a criminal know? Stanton Samenow, co-author of the widely respected three-volume study of The Criminal Personality, has collected the questions posed by audiences during his speaking engagements of the past twenty-eight years about causes, characteristics, and treatments of antisocial behavior. Now he draws on his research and clinical experience with hundreds of men, women, and children to offer no-frills answers that embody his informed perspectives on some of the toughest policy issues facing individuals, institutions, and governments today.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765703408
Publisher:
Aronson, Jason Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
348
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 9.04(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
The Criminal Personality: An Introduction1
1Criminal Behavior Is a Result Not of Environment but of an Individual's Choices7
2Environmental Factors Do Not Cause Crime19
3Bad Parenting Does Not Cause Crime27
4People Do Not Become Abusers and Criminals Because They Were Abused39
5Biological/Genetic Contributions to Criminality Need Not Preordain Incarceration49
6The Alleged Increase in Crime: It Is Not Human Nature but Laws, Law Enforcement, and Deterrents that Change55
7Individuals with a Criminal Mind View Life Differently Than Do Responsible People63
8The Criminal Mind Exists Independent of Particular Laws, Culture, or Customs87
9The Criminal's After-the-Fact Excuses Rarely Reflect His True Motives99
10Criminals, Not Drugs, Cause Crime117
11Criminals Are Neither Mentally Ill Nor Victims of Addictions127
12Schools and Crime: Schools Must Combat Crime, Not Coddle Offenders145
13Criminals Can Change153
14Helping a Criminal Change169
15Agents of Change195
16Potential Criminal Patterns Can Be Identified Early and Preventive Steps Taken209
17Directions for Social Policy221
18Offbeat Questions243
19Personal Questions249
A Final Note263
AppAn Overview of The Criminal Personality267
Recommended Reading315
Index317

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