Applying Psychology to Forensic Practice by Adrian Needs, Graham J. Towl

By Adrian Needs, Graham J. Towl

This ebook illustrates the wide range of functions of psychology to the felony and civil justice system.

  • Illustrates the big variety of purposes of psychology to the legal and civil justice system.
  • Gives examples of the way forensic psychology can gain not just from scientific and criminological ways, but additionally from the insights of occupational, cognitive, developmental and social psychology.
  • Many of the chapters introduce readers to parts that have now not bought broad assurance elsewhere.
  • Includes new instructions in forensic practice.
  • Chapters draw out the results for execs operating within the field.
  • Contributors contain either lecturers and practitioners.
  • Reflects either the scope and the possibility of forensic psychology.

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The prevalence of offending increases to a peak in the teenage years and then decreases in the twenties (Farrington, 1986). The Cambridge Study in Delinquent Development found that 5 5 per cent of those convicted between the ages of ten and sixteen were conviction free between ages twenty-five and thirtytwo. This compares with 92 per cent ofthose not convicted as juveniles. Graham and Bowling (1995a) found that although offending is widespread amongst the eleven-to-sixteen age group, about 3 per cent of offenders accounted for approximately a quarter of all offences reported.

Once the sets of behaviours have been identified, it is useful to contrast different behavioural sequences, OFFENCE PARALLELING BEHAVIOUR AS A FRAMEWORK 41 generating hypotheses about why a particular behaviour was present in one but absent in another. g. ‘crisis’ behaviour) were also present in the context of the offence and vice versa. This might be done by further questioning of the individual, seeking collateral information or a re-examination of file information. It may also be that a particular antecedent was present but was not recorded or reported by the individual, or that some other behaviour served the same or a similarfunction in that particular behavioural sequence.

Sprague & Horner, 1999), or as having some morphological similarity. 1) are sets of behaviours that serve the same kind of function. Morphologicalsimilarity is similarity of form. It should be noted, however, that similar behaviours do not necessarily have the same function. Consequently, morphological similarity is only really of interest if it is sequential, because sequences of similar behaviour are more likely to be serving a similar function than discrete behavioural episodes that are similar.

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