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Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Research and Application

Fourth Edition
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608 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Filled with real–life examples, practical applications, and case law discussions, Forensic Psychology: Research and Application, Fourth Edition covers new and emerging fields of study, the many areas where psychology plays a significant role in the civil and criminal justice systems, and the wide range of issues that are an integral part of the forensic psychologist’s day-to-day work. This unique, career-oriented textbook emphasizes a multicultural perspective that focuses on the application of psychological knowledge and research. Authors Curt and Anne Bartol expose readers to emerging specializations within forensic psychology, including investigative psychology, family forensic psychology, and police and public safety psychology. The authors also provide extensive, up-to-date references for students to find more material on the subject areas covered.
PART I: Introduction
CHAPTER 1: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
Chapter Objectives

Forensic Psychology: An Overview

Brief History of Forensic Psychology

Forensic Psychology Today

Forensic Psychology, Forensic Psychiatry, and Forensic Social Work

Careers in Psychology

Forensic Psychology as a Specialty

Research and Practice Careers in Forensic Psychology

PART II: Police and Investigative Psychology
CHAPTER 2: Psychology of Police and Public Safety
Forensic Assessment in Police and Public Safety Psychology

Psychological Intervention Responsibilities

Operational Responsibilities

Consulting and Research Activities

CHAPTER 3: Psychology of Investigations

Problems with Profiling

Police Interviewing and Interrogation

Detection of Deception

Forensic Hypnosis

Eyewitness Evidence

PART III: Legal Psychology
CHAPTER 4: Consulting and Testifying
Chapter Objectives

Court Structure and Jurisdiction

The Judicial Process

The Assessment of Risk

Trial and Litigation Consultation

Expert Testimony

Surviving the Witness Stand

CHAPTER 5: Consulting With Criminal Courts
Competency to Stand Trial


Other Defenses Pertaining to Criminal Conduct

Sentencing Evaluations

Civil Commitment of Sexually Violent Predators

CHAPTER 6: Family Law and Other Forms of Civil Litigation
Child Custody Evaluations

Forensic Psychology and Civil Litigation

Civil Capacities

Involuntary Civil Commitment

Sexual and Gender Harassment

PART IV: Criminal Psychology
CHAPTER 7: The Development of Delinquent and Criminal Behavior
The Juvenile Offender

The Nature and Extent of Juvenile Offending

The Developmental Perspective

A Developmental Dual Systems Model of Adolescent Risk Taking

Developmental Factors in the Formation of Persistent Criminal Behavior

Biological Factors

Additional Social Developmental Influences

Juvenile Firesetting: An Illustration of Developmental Perspective

The Criminal Psychopath

Juvenile Psychopathy

The Female Psychopath

Racial/Ethnic Differences

CHAPTER 8: Psychology of Violence and Intimidation

UCR Data on Violent Crime

The Effects of Violent Media

Threat Assessment

Workplace Violence

Criminal Homicide

Hate or Bias Crimes

Stalking: The Crime of Intimidation

CHAPTER 9: Psychology of Sexual Assault
Definitions of Sexual Assault and Rape

Date Rape

Demographics of Men who Rape

Typologies of Men who Rape

The Massachusetts Treatment Center Rapist Typology


The Groth Rapist Typology


Female Sex Offender Typologies

Online Sexual Predators

Juvenile Sex Offenders

Recidivism Rates of Sex Offenders

Assessment of Sex Offenders

PART V: Victimology and Victim Services
CHAPTER 10: Forensic Psychology and Victims of Crime and Other Wrongs
Multiculturalism and Victimization

Legal Rights of Victims

Crime Victimization Data

Psychological Effects of Criminal Victimization

Homicide Victimization

Sexual Assault Victimization

Additional Victimization Data

Child Sexual Abuse

Internet Victimization

Property Crime Victimization

CHAPTER 11: Family Violence, Abuse, and Victimization
Intimate Partner and Family Violence

Child Abuse

Repressed and Recovered Memories

Roles of Forensic Psychologist in Child Abuse Cases

Child Abductions

Elder Abuse and Neglect

PART VI: Correctional Psychology
CHAPTER 12: Correctional Psychology in Adult Settings
Institutional Corrections

Overview of Correctional Facilities

Legal Rights of Inmates

Roles of Correctional Psychologists

Psychological Assessment in Corrections

Treatment and Rehabilitation in Correctional Facilities

Treatment of Special Populations

Obstacles to the Treatment of Inmates and Staff

Community-Based Corrections

CHAPTER 13: Juvenile Justice and Corrections
A Brief History of the Juvenile Court

Juvenile Assessment: An Overview

Juvenile Amenability to Rehabilitation

Out-of-Home Placements

Psychological Treatment in Juvenile Facilities

Approaches to Rehabilitation



Instructors Resource Site

The password protected Instructor Resource Site includes the following:

·  A Microsoft® Word® test bank is available containing multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter. The test bank provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.

·  A Respondus electronic test bank is available and can be used on PCs. The test bank contains multiple choice, true/false, short answer, and essay questions for each chapter and provides you with a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity for editing any question and/or inserting your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding. Respondus is also compatible with many popular learning management systems so you can easily get your test questions into your online course.

·  Editable, chapter-specific Microsoft® PowerPoint® slides offer you complete flexibility in easily creating a multimedia presentation for your course. Highlight essential content, features, and artwork from the book.

·   Lecture notes summarize key concepts on a chapter-by-chapter basis to help with preparation for lectures and class discussions.

·  EXCLUSIVE! Access to certain full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience. 

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The open-access Student Study Site includes the following:

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards reinforce understanding of key terms and concepts that have been outlined in the chapters.
  • Mobile-friendly web quizzes allow for independent assessment of progress made in learning course material.
  • EXCLUSIVE! Access to selected full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected for each chapter. Each article supports and expands on the concepts presented in the chapter. This feature also provides questions to focus and guide student interpretation. Combine cutting-edge academic journal scholarship with the topics in your course for a robust classroom experience.

Clearly written introductory text - ideal for newcomers to this topic. Have recommended to our library.

Mrs Stephanie Lee
IIP, Weston College
September 26, 2016

This book provides Foundation Degree learners that are new to criminology and forensic psychology a broad overview of the topic. It is a good introductory text to forensic psychology and demonstrates the links between criminal psychology, offender profiling, forensics and the law. It demonstrates how psychological research and theory contribute to the understanding of criminal behaviour. It will support modules that critically examine criminal psychology

Mr Mark Jagus
Interdiscipline , Derby College
June 12, 2016

This book was too basic for my needs

Mrs Ruth Parkes
School of Social Work, University of Central Lancashire
December 9, 2015

user friendly for undergraduate population and examined a good introduction breadth of forensic psychology

Dr Veronica Lestina
Psychology, Iowa Wesleyan College
August 14, 2015

Excellent coverage of recent research and practice in forensic psychology. Text covers the developments over the last two decades, highlighting the broad scope and application of forensic psychology.

Ms Jan Nicholson
Sport & Public Policy, Bishop Burton College
June 15, 2015

As authors Curt Bartol and Anne Bartol note in their preface, their book Introduction to Forensic Psychology: Research and Application is a definitive resource – not only for students in the field of forensic sciences, but for general readers and mental health professionals as well.
Over 13 chapters, the book does not only offer plenty of information regarding recent research findings and concepts, but distinguishes itself by emphasising how these findings can be applied. Bartol and Bartol have certainly succeeded in creating a comprehensive overview of research and application of forensic psychology. Their book is a terrific resource for anyone interested in the important science of forensic psychology.
I will suggest my students to buy this book as supplementary for the course “Forensic Psychology”, since although this book covers most of the subjects that I am covering in my lectures, my student’s level of the English language is intermediate; therefore I don't think they will appreciate the knowledge that this book has to offer. Nevertheless, I will strongly suggest this book to those students who are confident with the English language and I will definitely use it to expand my own knowledge of the field.

Dr Marilena Mousoulidou
Department of Psychology, Neapolis University Pafos
April 20, 2015

Comprehensive-with up to date research and statistics, logical organization of the content material, easy to read, and high quality ancillaries.

Dr Tina Adams
Criminal Justice, Worcester State University
March 30, 2015

A comprehensive textbook, student friendly and an invaluable read.

Mrs Karen Eaton-thomas
School of social justice and inclusion, University of Wales, Trinity St David
January 16, 2015

A great introduction to forensic psychology covering a broad range of topic areas. Includes useful bio boxes with perspectives given from people working in the field.

Mrs Kayleigh Rickard
Humanities, Exeter College
December 24, 2014

The text covers the greatest amount of relevant information. The writing style is very user friendly

Dr Michael Surrette
Psychology Dept, Springfield College
October 27, 2014

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Curt R. Bartol

Curt R. Bartol was a college professor for more than 30 years, teaching a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate courses, including Biopsychology, Criminal Behavior, Juvenile Delinquency, Introduction to Forensic Psychology, Social Psychology, Profiling, and Psychology and Law. He earned his PhD in personality/social psychology from Northern Illinois University in 1972. He studied political science and law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under a fellowship from the National Institute for the Humanities (NIH). He was instrumental in creating and launching Castleton State College’s graduate program in forensic psychology and... More About Author

Anne M. Bartol

Anne M. Bartol earned an MA and a PhD in criminal justice from State University of New York at Albany. She also holds an MA in journalism from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She taught criminal justice, sociology, and journalism courses over a 20-year college teaching career and has worked as a journalist and a social worker in child and adolescent protective services. In addition to Introduction to Forensic Psychology, she has coauthored Juvenile Delinquency: A Systems Approach; Delinquency and Justice: A Psychosocial Approach; Psychology and Law: Theory, Research, and Application; Criminal Behavior; and Criminal and Behavioral... More About Author

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