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Dictionary of Forensic Psychology

NCJ Number
Graham J. Towl, David P. Farrington, David A. Crighton, Gareth Hughes
Date Published
253 pages
This dictionary covers key aspects of criminal justice and the criminal justice system focusing on the field of forensic psychology and designed to meet the needs of both students and practitioners.
Over the past decade forensic psychology has grown rapidly as a subject, with an increasing number of forensic psychologists under training and working in demanding roles in prisons, secure training facilities, and primary, secondary and tertiary healthcare services, as well as other parts of the criminal and civil justice systems. This dictionary was created because of the increased size of the professional community of forensic psychologists and because of the expansion of interest, research, and practice in the discipline. The entries in this dictionary reflect a range of perspectives. The intent is to cover the range of areas of knowledge needed by trainees in their quest to become fully qualified forensic practitioners. The dictionary contains over 100 entries on key terms and concepts, arranged alphabetically. The entries include summary definition, main text and key texts, and sources. The entries were contributed by both academics and practicing forensic psychologists. The dictionary was designed to meet the needs of both students and practitioners and takes full account of the criteria and syllabus for the British Psychological Society approved Diploma in Forensic Psychology and M.Sc. in Forensic Psychology. Appendix, references, and index