The Psychology of Criminal and Violent Behaviour

Paperback | December 19, 2016

byDavid R. Lyon, Andrew Welsh

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This indispensable introduction to the psychological theories of criminality and violence examines how both psychology and biology play a role in understanding what may drive individuals to commit crime. Drawing on relevant research, real-world examples, and gripping case studies, this textapplies theory to provide deep insight into criminal behaviour.

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This indispensable introduction to the psychological theories of criminality and violence examines how both psychology and biology play a role in understanding what may drive individuals to commit crime. Drawing on relevant research, real-world examples, and gripping case studies, this textapplies theory to provide deep insight into c...

David R. Lyon is an associate professor in the Department of Criminology at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Andrew Welsh is an associate professor and associate dean of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences at Wilfrid Laurier University, Brantford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 10 × 8 × 0.57 inPublished:December 19, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Note: Each chapter includes:- Learning objectives- Chapter-opening case study- Introduction- Bolded key terms- Marginal glossary- Researching Criminal and Violent Behaviour boxes- Chapter summary- Review questions- Additional readingPrefaceAcknowledgments1. IntroductionCase StudiesWhat Is Criminal Behaviour?The Sociological Construction of CrimeCase Study: Robert BardoViolent BehaviourTheoretical PerspectivesScientific TheoriesOrganization of This Book2. Genetics and EvolutionCase Study: Jeffrey LandriganBehavioural GeneticsCase Study: The Kray BrothersPutting It All Together: Genetic Predispositions and Behavioural DestinyEvolutionCase Study: Christopher RocancourtSex DifferencesAge-Crime Curve3. BiologyCase Study: Chris BenoitThe Structure of the BrainBrain Injury and Criminal Behaviour: General EvidenceBrain Plasticity and Early Head InjurySpecific Brain Regions and Criminal BehaviourCase Study: Phineas GageCase Study: Charles WhitmanPutting It All Together: The Prefrontal Cortex and Limbic SystemLateralized Hemispheric DysfunctionPutting It All Together: The Findings on LateralizationNeurochemistry and CriminalityPutting It All Together: Neurotransmitters and AggressionPsychophysiology and Crime4. Developmental PathwaysCase Study: Ethan CouchThe Stability of Criminal BehaviourMajor Developmental TheoriesEarly Childhood Factors and DelinquencyParental Practices and DelinquencyPeer and School Factors5. PersonalityCase Study: Dr. Amy BishopThe Nature of PersonalityPsychodynamic Theories of PersonalityAttachment and PersonalityCase Study: Aileen WuornosThe Trait PerspectivePersonality DisordersCase Study: Rorschach6. PsychopathyCase Study: Clifford Robert OlsonThe Clinical Description of PsychopathyCase Study: Adremy DennisAssessing PsychopathyEmpirical Links between Psychopathy and Criminal BehaviourCase Study: "Dave"Psychopathy and GenderCase Study: Joanna DennehyPsychopathy and Crime across the LifespanPsychopathy across CultureTheoretical Explanations of the Psychopathy-Crime LinkPutting It All Together: A "Perfect Storm" for Crime7. LearningCase Study: Devalon ArmstrongClassical ConditioningCase Study: Richard RamirezOperant ConditioningObservational LearningThe Effects of Violent MediaDifferential Association-Reinforcement TheoryCase Study: Henry HillPutting It All Together: DA-Reinforcement Theory in Action8. Social CognitionCase Study: Umar Farouk AbdulmutallabMoral ReasoningMoral DisengagementCriminal ThinkingHostile Thoughts and AffectSocial InteractionsCase Study: Lynndie England and US Military Personnel at Abu GhraibSocial Information Processing TheoriesEnactment of Antisocial and Violent BehavioursCase Study: George Zimmerman and Trayvon MartinPutting It All Together: The General Aggression Model9. Mental DisorderCase Study: Rene PooleSystems for Classifying Mental DisordersMajor Mental DisordersMental Disorder and CrimePutting It All Together: The Relationship of Mental Disorder and Crime in ContextThe Criminalization of Mental DisorderPutting It All Together: Making Sense of CriminalizationSymptom-Based Theories of CrimeCase Study: Margaret Mary RayCase Study: Vincent LiFactors Influencing the Relationship between Mental Disorder and CrimeMental Disorder Creates "Tense Situations" That Lead to Violence10. Substance UseCase Study: Robert OsborneDrug Use and Its EffectsMajor Classes of DrugsGoldstein's Tripartite ModelCase Study: Pablo EscobarPutting It All Together: Making Sense of Psychopharmacological ViolenceTheories of the Alcohol-Violence RelationshipCase Study: Shia LaBeoufPutting It All Together: Integrating Theories of Alcohol-Related Aggression11. HomicideCase Study: The Manson Family MurdersTheoretical Models of HomicideCase Study: The La Loche ShooterHomicide in the FamilyMultiple MurderCase Study: The Green River KillerCase Study: The Jonestown MassacreCase Study: Adam Lanza and the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting12. Interpersonal ViolenceCase Study: Ray RiceStalkingIntimate Partner ViolenceTheories of Stalking and Intimate Partner ViolenceSexual Violence13. Assessment and TreatmentCase Study: Karla HomolkaRisk of OffendingRisk Assessment of OffendersThe Clinical Versus Actuarial DebatePutting It All Together: Good Risk Assessment PracticesTreatment of OffendersCase Study: Darnell Pratt and Brendan SarginsonHow Effective Are Offender Treatment Programs?Putting It All Together: Effective Programs in PracticeGlossaryReferencesIndex

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"I like the case study examples, very descriptive, relevant, and objective. Excellent topics discussed throughout." --Uzma Williams, MacEwan University