The Psychology of Criminal Conduct

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9781422463291: The Psychology of Criminal Conduct

The Psychology of Criminal Conduct, Fifth Edition, discusses the psychology of criminal behavior, drawing upon general personality, as well as cognitive-behavioral and cognitive social learning perspectives. The book consists of 15 chapters, which are organized into four sections. Part 1 provides an overview of theoretical context and major knowledge base of the psychology of criminal conduct. Part 2 discusses the eight major risk/need factors of criminal conduct. Part 3 examines the prediction and classification of criminal behavior, along with prevention and rehabilitation. Part 4 summarizes the major issues in understanding criminal conduct.


In addition to senior undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals in psychology, this book may be helpful to students and practitioners in the fields of social work, sociology, education, health, youth and family studies, criminology, and youth and adult justice. The book is also accessible to members of the general public who are interested in understanding antisocial behavior.

Resource notes throughout explain important concepts. Technical notes at the back of the book allow the advanced student to explore complex research without distracting readers from the main points. An acronym index is also provided.

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The late D.A. Andrews was a noted criminologist affiliated with Carleton University throughout his academic career. His work on the psychology of criminal conduct produced what became known as the "theory of correctional intervention," which set the standard for successful intervention practices throughout the field of corrections worldwide. He was a founding member of Carleton’s Criminology and Criminal Justice Program and a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association. He received numerous awards for his work in the criminal justice field, including those from the American Probation and Parole Association, Correctional Service Canada, the International Community Corrections Association, and the American Society of Criminology. After his retirement, he remained active in the criminal justice field as a Professor Emeritus and Distinguished Research Professor.

James Bonta served as Director of Corrections Research at Public Safety Canada from 1990 until 2015. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 1979. Bonta was a psychologist, and later Chief Psychologist, at the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Centre, a maximum-security remand facility for adults and young offenders. Throughout his career, Bonta has held various academic appointments and professional posts and was a member of the Editorial Advisory Boards for the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice and Behavior. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association, a recipient of the Association’s Criminal Justice Section’s Career Contribution Award for 2009, the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012, the Maud Booth Correctional Services Award, 2015, and the 2015 Community Corrections Award from the International Corrections and Prisons Association.

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Comprehensive, rigorous, scholarly, evidence-driven, balanced, and incisive, this authoritative work sets the standard for correctional and criminal justice psychology course texts, and is applicable to a wide range of disciplines including psychology, psychiatry, criminology, sociology, law, forensic nursing, and related fields. Not only would the book be particularly useful as a textbook for graduate or senior undergraduate courses in criminal justice, forensic, or correctional psychology, it is a valuable and trustworthy resource for professionals in the field. In October 2010, the field of correctional and criminal justice psychology lost a giant with the sad passing of Dr. Donald Andrews, although a generous portion of his life work is captured, and his legacy continues to live on, within the pages of this book.~ MARK E. OLVER, British Journal of Psychology (2011), 102, 684–694 "With each new edition, Andrews and Bonta have striven to add to their knowledge base, incorporate new studies, and improve the readability of their work. Comprehensive, rigorous, scholarly, evidence-driven, balanced, and incisive, this authoritative work sets the standard for correctional and criminal justice psychology course."-- British Journal of Psychology (2011), 102, 684-694

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