Psychological theory and method have played a major part in shaping our understanding and interpretation of crime. Psychology and Crime supplies a timely and much-needed general text covering the range of contributions psychology has made both to understanding crime and responding to it. The book provides an accessible overview of theory and research from criminology, sociology, and psychology, focusing on three distinct themes. First, psychological theories about the offender are discussed, including the way in which mental disorder is defined. Second, the author analyses society's response to crime - the role of police and the courts. Finally, the book looks at crime prevention - both the rehabilitation of offenders and situational strategies for preventing crime.
Table of Contents
Preface. Psychology and Crime. Psychological Approaches to Understanding Crime. Psychological Approaches to Understanding Serious Crime. Mental Disorder and Crime. Psychology and the Police. Psychology in the Courtroom. Psychology and Crime Prevention. Epilogue. References. Name Index. Subject Index.