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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Pearson; 4 edition (13 Dec. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0273736213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0273736219
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.2 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 143,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“A great new edition that is equally as impressive as its predecessor…the style of the book, the theory and context used in underpinning students’ knowledge of forensic and criminal psychology makes this book essential reading.”  Dr Joy Coogan, University of East London

 

“An excellent introduction to forensic psychology.  The chapters are very well-organised and include an examination of key concepts and important controversies while the ‘Forensic psychology in action’ sections provide students with an insight into the ways in which theory, research and practice work together in applied forensic settings.” Dr Lorraine Hope, University of Portsmouth

 

“Already a classic in its field, this updated 4th Edition provides a lucid and critical review of forensic and criminal psychology.  Dennis Howitt is to be congratulated for providing both breadth and depth across this rapidly expanding discipline, drawing the reader into a more questioning approach to the field.  I thoroughly recommend this text.” Dr Jane Clarbour, University of York

 

 

 

With broad, in-depth coverage of this fascinating subject, Introduction to Forensic and Criminal Psychology remains the most authoritative, readable and popular text in the field.  Theory is prominent throughout and a range of pedagogical features – substantially enhanced in this new edition – make this an engaging and valuable resource.

The fourth edition is revised to include new chapters on therapy in prison and the psychology of lie detection, and has greatly extended coverage of courtroom processes.  It has been brought fully up-to-date with significant new research.

Key features:

 

  • Interesting and engaging pedagogical features highlight ‘Key concepts’ in the subject, describe real examples of ‘Forensic psychology in action’ and point out ‘Controversies’ to be considered.
  • Important and relevant research studies from a UK and international perspective are explored in depth.
  • A glossary of key terms provides explanations for easy reference.
  • Further reading suggestions at the end of each chapter help students to go beyond the text and discover key resources.

An interactive website supports this book at www.pearsoned.co.uk/howitt.  This features a range of useful resources including multiple choice questions, example essay questions, links to further reading, a guide to becoming a forensic psychologist as well as interviews with researchers about their work in the field.

Clear and comprehensive, this is an essential textbook for undergraduates studying psychology, applied psychology and criminology.  It is also extremely useful in many other subjects for which students need an understanding of how psychology relates to criminal justice and the law.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss Sarah Holmes on 25 April 2014
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I am a third year Psychology student taking Forensic Psychology as a module. I have found this book very useful and plan to use it during my Forensic Psychology Masters, next year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Julie Hope on 1 Jun. 2014
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I have the 2nd edition of this book and this is an exceptional follow on and has so much information especially when studying Forensic and Criminal Psychology and also as a lecturer it is a handy book to have around.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. Bray on 18 Jan. 2014
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If you want the bible to forensic psychology this is it. Easy to read and full of information. Arrived in great condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JG on 7 Nov. 2012
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In my BSc Psychology course I've not really encountered any forensic psychology until I picked the module in my final year. It reads easily, has some very interesting case studies and brilliant if you have never read in the are before. Well recommend!
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I find this book very interesting, and fully understandable. Even without any formal psych. background (my background is math). My single and only reason for giving only 4 stars is the print. The print in the book is small and dense. For readers who do not have 20/20 vision, it can be a tiresome read (my 50 years old eyes are not what they used to be) . It took me a bit too much time to get through it, but solely because of the print.
Another minor comment: Several of the figures in the book didn't add much value to topics at hand.
All in all: Very recommended.
It's fun to bring this book to places like the beach. When people get a glimpse of it, they tend to keep you in peace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By tabbykat on 15 Mar. 2013
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This book was bought as a gift but I understand from my Grandaughter it was just what she was looking for.
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By D on 10 Aug. 2012
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Im in my 3rd year of a Bsc Psychology course and this book has hit the mark with what i needed. The writing is really open and accessible with still giving you the in depth info and facts.
I haven't done any Forensic Psych before so I really needed to start at the beginning and progress into the matter. This book allows you to do that.
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Great book which goes into great detail. I love the layout - sectioning each of the psychologies making it a good reference book. The book would be good for students and persons wishing to progress their interest in the subject more seriously
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