Violent Offenders: Understanding and Assessment

Paperback | October 21, 2014

EditorChristina A. Pietz, Curtis A. Mattson

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Offenders convicted of violent crimes accounted for almost 15,000 (7.5%) of the federal inmate population in recent reports; and, despite the public's perception that the overall crime rate is down, there are indications that rates of violent crime may actually be increasing in certaingeographic areas and populations. In response, forensic psychologists are increasingly being called upon to understand the causes of violence, predict violent behavior and the likelihood or recidivism, develop treatment programs, and even assist law enforcement in solving crimes. The assessment ofviolence is an ever-evolving field of study and the need for updated analysis of personality constructs, etiological links, corollary elements, and tools for violence prediction are of primary import. Violent Offenders addresses the numerous challenges and issues facing individuals working with this population and provides broad coverage regarding specific groups of violent perpetrators. It looks at a wide-range of topics and offending populations including violent children and adolescents,intimate partner violence, terrorism, sexually based crimes, gang violence, institutional violence, and violence perpetrated by police officers. Skillfully edited by Christina Pietz, a forensic psychologist, and Curtis Mattson, a clinical psychologist, this volume offers insight into current psychological theories of violence and addresses the links, both evident and assumed, between psychological disorders and violence. Chapters areauthored by leaders in their fields and cover topics such as the psychiatric treatment of violent behavior, assessment and prediction of risk for future dangerousness, special considerations for ethical conduct, research considerations, and the etiological associations of violence withneurophysiology, substance abuse, and environment. Violent Offenders will benefit clinicians and professionals working in correctional and forensic fields and is appropriate for use in clinical and counseling graduate programs that offer specialized training in correctional and/or forensicpsychology and for courses in deviant behavior and setting-specific assessment.

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Offenders convicted of violent crimes accounted for almost 15,000 (7.5%) of the federal inmate population in recent reports; and, despite the public's perception that the overall crime rate is down, there are indications that rates of violent crime may actually be increasing in certaingeographic areas and populations. In response, fore...

Christina A. Pietz, PhD, ABPP, is a Forensic Psychologist at the United States Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, MO, and at Burrell Behavioral Health. She has completed psychological evaluations for federal courts throughout the United States, and she has testified as an expert witness in federal court, state court, ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:568 pages, 9.21 × 6.18 × 1.3 inPublished:October 21, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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About the EditorsContributorsSection I. Overview and Constructs of Violence1. Melanie Schettler: Psychological Perspectives of Violence2. Michael A. Russell and Candice L. Odgers: Antisocial Behavior among Children in Poverty: Understanding Environmental Effects in Daily Life3. Curtis A. Mattson and Christina A. Pietz: Substance Abuse and Violence4. Laura S. Guy and Kevin S. Douglas: Major Mental Disorders and Violence5. Laura E. Drislane, Noah C. Venables, and Christopher J. Patrick: Aggressive Externalizing Disorders: Conduct Disorder, Antisocial Personality Disorder, and PsychopathySection II. Special Offender Populations6. Kathleen M. Heide: Juvenile Homicide: Trends, Correlates, Causal Factors, and Outcomes7. Geoffrey R. McKee and R. Gregg Dwyer: Physically and Sexually Violent Females8. Bethany K. Walters and Eric W. Hickey: Men Who Kill9. Donald Dutton and Christie Tetreault: Psychological Factors in Intimate Partner Violence10. Alix M. McLearen, Ivonne E. Bazerman, and Katherine Bracken-Minor: Perpetrators of Sexual Violence: Demographics, Assessments, Interventions11. David M. Corey and Casey O. Stewart: Under the Color of Authority: Police Officers as Violent Offenders12. Daniel J. Neller and Michael J. Vitacco: Institutional Violence Risk: Theory, Assessment, and Management13. Terrance J. Taylor and J. Michael Vecchio: Youth Gangs: An Overview of Key Findings and Directions for the Future14. Randy Borum: Understanding TerroristsSection III. Evaluative Approach and Special Considerations15. David F. Mrad and Daniel J. Neller: Legal, Clinical and Scientific Foundations of Violence Risk Assessment16. Chad A. Brinkley: Use of Assessment Measures for the Evaluation of Future Risk17. Kevin S. Douglas and Henrik Belfrage: The Structured Professional Judgment Approach to Violence Risk Assessment and Management: Why it is Useful, How to Use it, and its Empirical Support18. Dustin B. Wygant, Kathryn C. Applegate, and Tina D. Wall: Assessing Facets of Personality and Psychopathology in Violent Offenders19. Holly A. Miller: Assessing malingering in violent offenders20. Rachel Fazio and Robert L. Denney: Assessment of Neurophysiological and Neuropsychological Bases for Violence21. Charles Scott, Philip J. Resnick, and William Newman: Violence: Psychiatric Assessment and Intervention22. Kimberly Larson, Robert Kinscherff, and Stacey Goldstein-Dwyer: Ethical Considerations and Professional Posture23. Gianni Pirelli and Patricia A. Zapf: Conducting Research with Special PopulationsIndex