This thoroughly updated and revised new edition provides an essential overview of a full range of psychological contributions to the understanding of crime and the processes of dealing with offenders and helping their victims.

From the cognitive, developmental and social processes that influence a diverse range of crimes, including burglary, fraud, rape and murder, to the challenges faced by the police and courts in investigating crime or securing reliable testimony, the text is packed with pedagogical features that bring this fascinating subject to life. These include boxes highlighting key topics or issues around research methods, further reading and suggested essay titles.

Also including chapters on rehabilitation in prisons and the psychology of victims, the text examines hot topics such as gang membership and terrorism, as well as discussing how psychology may better understand criminals and criminal behaviour in the future. It builds to a comprehensive and accessible introduction to the field. It will be ideal for students across psychology, criminology and socio-legal studies and law.

chapter 1|18 pages

Psychology and the criminal process

part 1|42 pages

Explanation of criminality

chapter 2|13 pages

Biological explanations of crime

chapter 3|15 pages

Psychological explanations of crime

chapter 4|13 pages

Social explanations of crime

part 2|68 pages

Psychological differences between crimes

chapter 5|12 pages

Acquisitive crime

chapter 6|14 pages

Domestic violence

chapter 7|13 pages

Sexual offences

chapter 8|15 pages

Homicide and serial killing

chapter 9|13 pages

Gangs, organised crime and terrorism

part 3|47 pages

Interacting with criminals

chapter 10|17 pages

Testimony and interviewing

chapter 11|15 pages

Deception and fraud

chapter 12|14 pages

Psychology and investigations

part 4|76 pages

Areas of application

chapter 13|18 pages

Psychology and the police

chapter 14|14 pages

Psychology in court

chapter 15|17 pages

Psychology in prison

chapter 16|14 pages

Concerning victims

chapter 17|12 pages

The future of psychology and crime