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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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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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ISBN-13: 9781000317718
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 12/29/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 164
File size: 2 MB

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

1. Introduction: Setting the scene 2. Adam’s story: Revealing the layers of meaning in an offence 3. Bill and Chris’ story: Understanding why denying the offence might be a protective factor and unrelated to future risk 4. David and Eddie’s story: Understanding the impact of a childhood in care in relation to later violent offending 5. Frank’s story: Understanding how sexual victimisation in childhood might be linked to the abuse of others in adulthood 6. Kevin, Len and Mark’s story: Getting to grips with risk assessment 7. Owen’s story: Personality disorder and psychopathy, mad or bad? 8. Peter, Quinn, Rob and Stuart’s story: severe mental illness and violence, understanding risk and responsibility for those who are violent 9. Tom, Vic and William’s story: Fantasy, planning and ‘seemingly irrelevant decisions’10. The practitioner’s story: Reflecting on our emotional responses to the work

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