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An Introduction to Criminal Psychology


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Table of Contents

1. Understanding criminal behaviour: an overview 2. Juvenile delinquency and developmental theories of crime 3. Mental disorder and crime 4. Aggression and violence 5. Violent offending 6. Collective violence 7. Sexual offending 8. Drugs and crime 9. Punishment 10. Prevention, rehabilitation and restorative justice.

About the Author

Russil Durrant is a lecturer at the Institute of Criminology at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, where he teaches courses in criminal and forensic psychology. His research interests include the psychology of violent behaviour, the role of evolutionary explanations in criminology, and the relationship between drug use and crime. He is author of Substance Abuse: Cultural and Historical Perspectives (Sage, 2003).


This is a first-rate text on criminal psychology. The writing is superb, and the comprehensive, multilevel perspective developed by Dr Durrant to account for crime is innovative and persuasive. The knowledge required to integrate biological, social, cultural, psychological, and environmental factors into a workable theoretical framework is immense and Dr Durrant has achieved this very demanding task, seemingly effortlessly. It is a terrific piece of work.

Professor Tony Ward, clinical psychologist and Director of Clinical Training at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.

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