Understanding Criminal Behaviour
Psychosocial Approaches to CriminalityBook - 2008
& Francis Publishing
Our understanding of criminal behaviour and its causes has been too long damaged by the failure to integrate fully the emotional, psychological, social and cultural influences on the way people behave.
This book aims to integrate psychological and criminological perspectives in order to better understand the nature of criminal behaviour. In particular it aims to explore the range of psychological approaches that seek to understand the significance of the emotions that surround criminal behaviour, allowing for an exploration of individual differences and social and cultural issues which help to bridge the gaps between disciplinary approaches.
The book puts forward a model for understanding behaviour through a better grasp of the link between emotions, morality and culture and argues that crime can often be viewed as emerging from disordered social relationships.
Jones (psychosocial studies, U. of East London, UK) proposes a psychosocial model to understand criminal behavior, particularly the emotions involved, individual differences, and social and cultural issues, or rather the link between emotions, morality, and culture. He first discusses the relationship between psychological and criminological ideas about crime and how criminology developed as a sociological discipline. He then covers mental health and the question of whether this excuses criminal activity, links between adult criminality and childhood behavior and circumstances, and familial and parental influences. Aspects of gender and age (that youth offend more often) are then examined, with concluding chapters looking closely at what can be learned from studies of homicide and intimate violence and sexual crime. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)