Criminal behavior: a psychosocial approach

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Prentice Hall, 1999 - Psychology - 492 pages
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Designed for junior/senior-level courses in Psychology of Crime, Criminal Behavior, Criminology, and Crime Patterns, this text uses a cognitive-behavioral and interactionist approach, integrating international theory and research and moving from broad, theoretical explanations and descriptions of crime toward empirical research on specific criminal offenses. Viewing the criminal offender as being embedded and continually influenced by multiple systems within the psychosocial environment, the book examines the causes, classification, prediction, prevention, intervention, and treatment of criminal behavior from a social psychological perspective. The Fifth Edition presents the criminal offender as existing on a continuum, ranging from the serious, repetitive offender that begins his/her criminal career at a very young age to the adolescent-limited offender who usually begins offending during adolescence.

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Interesting read; gives a good overview of criminal behavior, giving helpful examples of cases and research. The format is not as user friendly as newer additions of text-books, but the information is ... Read full review

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A very informative and well researched book overall. A great book for an upper divisional undergraduate or beginning level graduate program Criminal Psychopathology classes. Covers origins of criminal ... Read full review



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Curt R. Bartol was 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 over 25 years. In addition to editing this book of readings, he has written "Introduction to Forensic Psychology "(now in its 3rd ed.) and "Criminal Behavior: A Psychosocial Approach "(now in its 9th ed.). He also has coauthored "Juvenile Delinquency: A Systems Approach, Delinquency and Justice: A Psychosocial Approach "(2nd ed.) and "Psychology and Law: Theory, Research, and Application "(3rd ed.). He is also the long-standing editor of SAGE's "Criminal Justice and Behavior".

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