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Violent Crime

Violent Crime
Clinical and Social Implications

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January 2009 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Offering a unique and interdisciplinary focus on the roots of violence, Violent Crime: Clinical and Social Implications explores cutting-edge research on the etiology, nature, assessment, and treatment of individuals who commit violent crimes. This edited volume covers the foundations of criminal behavior, offers a balanced discussion of both environmental and biological research, and includes articles written by top researchers and scholars in the field. In Part I, Violent Crime examines the origins of violence, including family and other social factors, media violence, genetics, biochemistry, and head injuries. Part II delves into research on specific subgroups of offenders, including sex offenders, domestic violence perpetrators, murderers, and serial murderers. Part III focuses on issues related to victimology, prevention, and the treatment of violent offenders.

Key Features
  • Draws from a wide range of disciplines, including criminology, sociology, biology, medical science, genetics, clinical psychology, and psychiatry
  • Introduces students to cutting-edge research on genetic, biochemical, and traumatic brain injury-related causes and correlates of violent crime
  • Presents a systematic introduction to the current state of the field (and its likely future) through articles from leading researchers in the various subfields of violent crime
  • Includes case studies with salient, fascinating examples of actual crimes and criminals to help students understand key points
  • Offers an international focus, with authors from Canada, England, Greece, and Spain, as well as from the United States
  • Provides end-of-chapter learning aids, including summaries, discussion questions, Internet resources, and suggestions for further reading

A must-read for any student of criminological research, Violent Crime: Clinical and Social Implications can be used as a core or supplementary text in undergraduate and graduate courses on Violent Crime, Interpersonal Violence, and Social Deviance.

Part I. Causes of Crime
Christopher J. Ferguson
1. Violent Crime Research: An Introduction
John C. Kilburn, Jr., Jenifer Lee
2. Family and Social Influences on Violent Crime
Christopher J. Ferguson
3. Media Violence Effects and Violent Crime: Good Science or Moral Panic?
Martin Gottschalk, Lee Ellis
4. Evolutionary and Genetic Explanations of Violent Crime
Kevin M. Beaver
5. The Biochemistry of Violent Crime
Jose León-Carrión, Francisco Javier Chacartegui-Ramos
6. Brain Injuries and Violent Crime
Part II. The Offenders
Cricket Meehan, Patricia Kerig
7. Violence Among School-Aged Youth: An Examination of School, Gang, Dating, and Sexual Violence
Jeanette M. Daly
8. Violence and the Elderly
Sarah L. Desmarais, Andrea Gibas, Tonia L. Nicholls
9. Beyond Violence Against Women: Gender Inclusiveness in Domestic Violence Research, Policy, and Practice
Mary E. Haskett, Sharon G. Portwood, Kristen M. Lewis
10. Physical Child Abuse
Karen G. Terry, Orestis Giotakos, Maria Tsiliakou, Alissa R. Ackerman
11. Sexual Offenders
Phyllis B. Gerstenfeld
12. Hate Crimes
Jennifer Schwartz
13. Murder in a Comparative Context
Maria Ioannou
14. Serial Murder
Part III. Victims, Prevention, and Treatment
Arthur J. Lurigio
15. Victimology
Mary Clair, Lisa Faille, Joseph V. Penn
16. Prevention and Treatment of Violent Offending/Offenders
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This is an excellent textbook for this course (Violent Crime), and a much better one than had been used previously.

Professor William Cope
Arts and Sciences, Neumann University
April 29, 2015

Adopted another SAGE text instead (Violence: The Enduring Problem)

Mr J. Hansen
Criminology Crim Justice Dept, University Of South Carolina
December 16, 2014

not general enough

Professor Shawna Mauldin
Social Sciences Dept, Ferris State University
January 19, 2010

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