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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (4 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047002397X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470023976
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 2.7 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Until the development of Investigative Psychology, profiling was based on little more than the informed personal expertise of experienced detectives. Spearheaded by David Canter and his associates, the new discipline of Investigative Psychology has emerged out of a quarter century of research and involvement in many actual cases.

This ground–breaking text is the first to provide a detailed overview of the field, from the earliest work through to recent studies, including descriptions of previously unpublished internal reports.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.

Visit the companion website at www.wileyeurope.com/college/canter for teaching resources and student resources on research methodologies linked to the book.


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This textbook gives detailed, interesting and informative background knowledge and advice; this is a definite must for all who are interested in investigative psychology in my view. The Book gives practical information for use in the 'real world' in that, it does not 'romanticise' or 'glaze over' the work involved in profiling, police work and the development of interventions and treatments for offenders. 'Investigative psychology' takes the reader on a journey through the origins and history; giving information on the early building blocks of offender profiling, onto its applications today and how the discipline is applied throughout many official organisations. This book is a must and will benefit academics in the area; from college to postgraduate study, to anyone just interested in reading about how offender profiling really works! Canter & Youngs give details on the frameworks and models used to create offender profiles as well as information on how the police would apply such information to working practices. Investigative psychology gave a fascinating review on a huge range of offences including burglary, fraud, sexual assault, rape, murder, organised crime and terrorism, and how investigative psychology works, what is involved in the practice as well as the developments that have already been made in a remarkably short length of time. What a fantastic book! Great!
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Investigative Psychology (IP) is a must have for anyone interested in or currently working, studying or teaching in the area of psychology and crime. It opens with a comprehensive breakdown of the historical roots in which the subject draws its origin. The underlying difficulties that the discipline faces is not shied away from and the problems associated with the emerging field are dealt with as a matter of great importance throughout. The book delves further than any previous text into the existing research that is currently active in the field of IP. Crimes such as Arson, Murder, Sexual Offenses, Burglary and Terrorism are examined in great detail and are brought together in a clear, concise and manageable fashion.
The book enables the reader to journey through the early foundation of IP, on to the fundamental principles from which IP is built, to where IP is currently at and then onto where IP hopes to be. The Chapter on criminal narratives is especially interesting as it shows the reader the basis of how the authors have generated a unique way of understanding offenders and their actions. The narrative is taken from the area of literature and it is in the understanding of the roles that offenders assign themselves too in their life story`s. Through identifying the role that the offender has assigned themselves, Investigative Psychologists can then draw on this in an effort to understand the offender behind the crime.
The text offers advice to broad range of individuals from those in academia to the police onto those working in a legal capacity. It is through bridging the gap between disciplines that will intimately result in a greater process of investigating crime. This seminal book is an important reference point for anyone involved in tackling crime.
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A good and informative course text book. Using it as my course book for my Msc in Investigative Psychology with David Canter. Investigative Psychology (IP) is a must have for anyone interested in or currently working, studying or teaching in the area of psychology and crime. It opens with a comprehensive breakdown of the historical roots in which the subject draws its origin. The underlying difficulties that the discipline faces is not shied away from and the problems associated with the emerging field are dealt with as a matter of great importance throughout. The book delves further than any previous text into the existing research that is currently active in the field of IP. Crimes such as Arson, Murder, Sexual Offenses, Burglary and Terrorism are examined in great detail and are brought together in a clear, concise and manageable fashion.
The book enables the reader to journey through the early foundation of IP, on to the fundamental principles from which IP is built, to where IP is currently at and then onto where IP hopes to be. The Chapter on criminal narratives is especially interesting as it shows the reader the basis of how the authors have generated a unique way of understanding offenders and their actions. The narrative is taken from the area of literature and it is in the understanding of the roles that offenders assign themselves too in their life story`s. Through identifying the role that the offender has assigned themselves, Investigative Psychologists can then draw on this in an effort to understand the offender behind the crime.
The text offers advice to broad range of individuals from those in academia to the police onto those working in a legal capacity.
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I write this review as a practicing Forensic Psychologist and private investigator, with many years of experience.

The book covers a wide range of areas in which Forensic Psychologist are or maybe involved. This includes everything from a general introduction into the role of an Investigative (forensic) Psychologist (part 1), to various statistical and qualitative methods, using empirical data to gain a deeper understanding of aspects of criminality (part 2), through to the application of the methods to different forms of crime, such as: burglary; murder; terrorism; sexual offences; organised crime (Part 3).

From an academic perspective, which is what this book is, it is saturated with references to the author's own previous works. This is distracting to say the least and unusual in academic writing as most good works not only build on previous work from other scholars, but will present alternative arguments or methods, which this book does not, although there are some very suitable alternative methods used by other practitioners.

In some cases, this book is actually inaccurate. For example, in the 'investigative' interviewing chapter. I quote "Under British Law it is very important that there is no hint that a person is assumed to be guilty until the court has issued a verdict. Therefore when a suspect is arrested it is crucial that the police do not indicate that they believe that person to be guilty." (p. 394). Of course, if you consider that an individual under arrest is told under caution 'that they have been arrested on suspicion of xxx and that anything they say may be used as evidence in court', it is naive at best that the authors take this line as it is clearly unhelpful to be so in accurate.
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