Forensic Case Histories: Understanding Serious Offending Behaviour in Men
Forensic Case Histories: Understanding Serious Offending Behaviour in Men

Forensic Case Histories: Understanding Serious Offending Behaviour in Men

by Jackie Craissati

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Overview

Forensic Case Histories: Understanding Serious Offending Behaviour in Men examines men's violent and sexual offending behaviours, outlined through a series of real offender narratives, from a psychological perspective and in an accessible manner that will engage any audience, from the criminology-intrigued layperson to the specialist in the field. This unique and conversational text thinks psychologically about serious crime, offering a compilation of men's narratives that explore their life experiences and the ways in which these experiences influence their behaviour in adulthood. Each chapter addresses a particular theme; covering frequently asked questions in the field such as, 'How can an apparently motiveless offence have meaning?' and 'Is psychopathy a personality disorder, and why do we struggle to treat individuals with such traits?' The narratives of individuals who offend are central to the discussion, but the chapters each draw on the relevant facts from the research literature and highlight key learning points. Many chapters also feature 'Further Reading' sections to expand readers' knowledge. Both educational and accessible, Forensic Case Histories will appeal not only to specialists but to any layperson curious to understand more about criminal acts. It is especially valuable to students and instructors of criminal Justice, mental health, and related fields.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780367360863
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/30/2020
Pages: 164
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.19(h) x (d)

About the Author

Dr. Jackie Craissati MBE has more than 30 years of experience in forensic mental health and criminal justice services, and is the author of five books on the subject of men with sexual convictions, and the management of offenders with a diagnosis of personality disorder.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements ix

About the author x

1 Introduction: Setting the scene 1

2 Adam's story: Revealing the layers of meaning in an offence 11

3 Bill and Chris' story: Understanding why denying the .offence might be a protective factor and unrelated to future risk 23

4 David and Eddie's story: Understanding the impact of a childhood in care in relation to later violent offending 39

5 Frank's story: Understanding how sexual victimisation in childhood might be linked to the abuse of others in adulthood 53

6 Kevin, Len, and Mark's story: Getting to grips with risk assessment 70

7 Owen's story: Personality disorder and psychopathy: mad or bad? 89

8 Peter, Quinn, Rob, and Stuart's story: Severe mental illness and violence: understanding risk and responsibility for those who are violent 106

9 Tom, Vic, and William's story: Fantasy, planning, and 'seemingly irrelevant decisions' 125

10 The practitioner's story: Reflecting on our emotional responses to the work 143

Index 162

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