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Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology
An Inside Perspective on Criminal Thinking and Behavior

First Edition

August 2023 | 280 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Forensic Psychology: An Inside Perspective on Criminal Thinking and Behavior offers undergraduates a concise, accessible introduction to the field of forensic psychology. With more than 20 years of experience as a forensic psychologist working with incarcerated people, Dr. Kenneth B. Cairns provides a balance between not just forensics and psychology, but also between theory and practical application. Grounded in the cognitive-behavioral approach and evidence based-practices and research, this text will focus on often-overlooked areas, such as the experiences of victims and first responders and the psychopathy of individuals convicted of mass murder, spree killing, and serial killing.

Chapter 1: An Introduction to the World of Forensic Psychology
Chapter 2: First Responder Psychology
Chapter 3: Psychology of Investigations
Chapter 4: The Juvenile Justice Process
Chapter 5: Aggression and Violent Behavior
Chapter 6: Sexual Assault, Rape, and Child Molestation
Chapter 7: Extreme Violence: Mass Murder, Spree Killing, and Serial Killing
Chapter 8: Behavioral Analysis
Chapter 9: Forensic Psychology and the Courtroom
Chapter 10: Psychology and the Law
Chapter 11: The Correctional System
Key features
  • Balanced coverage makes the text ideal for both Forensics/Criminal Justice and Psychology majors at both the undergraduate and graduate level through its focus on overlap, and how these fields influence one another.
  • The cognitive-behavioral approach provides a widely accepted framework for understanding human behavior, and tasks students with learning about why these crimes happen from an emotional and behavioral standpoint.
  • An emphasis on the multicultural perspective helps students see how multiple cultures play a part in the day-to-day work of those who practice and research in this field.
  • The author's practitioner-centered vignettes at the beginning of each chapter showcase real happenings in the field of Forensic Psychology, written from the perspective of a professional experiencing them first hand.
  • In-text learning aids include chapter-opening learning objectives, chapter-ending review questions, chapter summaries, focus boxes with discussion questions, and a glossary of key terms.

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