Investigative Psychology: Offender Profiling and the Analysis of Criminal Action

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 21, 2009 - Psychology - 486 pages
This ground-breaking text is the first to provide a detailed overview of Investigative Psychology, from the earliest work through to recent studies, including descriptions of previously unpublished internal reports. Crucially it provides a framework for students to explore this exciting terrain, combining Narrative Theory and an Action Systems framework. It includes empirically tested models for Offender Profiling and guidance for investigations, as well as an agenda for research in Investigative Psychology.

Investigative Psychology features:

  • The full range of crimes from fraud to terrorism, including burglary, serial killing, arson, rape, and organised crime
  • Important methodologies including multi-dimensional scaling and the Radex approach as well as Social Network Analysis
  • Geographical Offender Profiling, supported by detailed analysis of the underlying psychological processes that make this such a valuable investigative decision support tool
  • The full range of investigative activities, including effective information collection, detecting deception and the development of decision support systems.

In effect, this text introduces an exciting new paradigm for a wide range of psychological contributions to all forms of investigation within and outside of law enforcement. Each chapter has actual cases and quotations from offenders and ends with questions for discussion and research, making this a valuable text for undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Applied and Forensic Psychology, Criminology, Socio-Legal Studies and related disciplines.


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The Road to Investigative Psychology 1
Description and Classification 27
The Coming of the Informed Detective 45
The Age of Profiling and the Road to Investigative Psychology 59
Fundamentals 79
Personal Narratives of Crime 119
Finding Action Patterns and Drawing Profiles 139
Investigative Information 199
Suspect Interviewing and Deception 231
Profiling Criminal Actions 251
Sexual Offences 287
Murder 317
Organised Crime 355
Terrorism 377
Investigative Psychology in Action 393

Criminal Psychogeography 167

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About the author (2009)

Professor David Canter is founding editor of the Wiley Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling.?He also founded and edited for a number of years Journal of Environmental Psychology for Academic Press.?He is a fellow of the BPS and APA. He has worked with police forces all over the world on 'profiling', which led to the emergence of Investigative Psychology. He is author of Criminal Shadows, Harper Collins, a popular book about the topic.

Donna Youngs is Lecturer in Investigative Psychology at the University of Liverpool. She has published journal articles and book chapters and her work has been presented at national and international conferences.

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