This comprehensive, four-volume reference set on the subject of criminal psychology includes contributions from top scholars and practitioners in the field, explaining new and emerging theory and research in the study of the criminal mind and criminal behavior.
Notable work in the field of criminal psychology during its nascency includes psychiatrists who created a psychological profile of Adolf Hitler to help identify Nazi war criminals after World War II, as well as a psychiatrist who drew up an uncannily accurate profile of the "Mad Bomber" of New York City in the 1950s. Today's criminal psychologists continue their endeavors to better understand, capture, treat, and cure offenders—and deter or prevent their crimes.
Unfortunately, criminal behavior surrounds us in our society—from petty theft and vandalism to multimillion-dollar white-collar crime to shocking terrorism attempts and school killings. Invariably, one of the first questions is, "Why did they do it?" Criminal psychology seeks to solve this complex puzzle.
In this four-volume reference work, a unparalleled team of leading experts offer an exhaustive look at the history, developments, emerging and classic research issues, controversies, and victories in the expanding field of criminal psychology. The first volume examines the general theories in the study of criminal psychology. The second volume focuses more specifically on research of criminal behavior and crime types, while the last two volumes delve into criminal justice and forensic applications. The comprehensive content allows readers to better understand criminal behavior and appreciate the specific criminal justice and forensic settings in which this theory and research is applied, such as criminal profiling, forensic assessment of danger, and correctional rehabilitation and offender reentry.
• Documents the role of criminal psychology in crisis intervention, law enforcement investigations, criminal profiling, adjudication and sentencing, forensic assessment and prediction of dangerousness, correctional rehabilitation and management, juvenile justice, and offender reentry
• Provides up-to-date information from key scholars in the field