This book examines the psychological constructs of crime and the criminal lifestyle and includes topics such as psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, and criminal lifestyle. Written in an engaging style, the author introduces compelling explanations of crime, in part by showing how the criminal lifestyle is capable of integrating two seemingly incompatible crime paradigms: the career criminal paradigm and the criminal career paradigm. Starting with a context for criminality, moving from particular constructs of crime to more evidence-based theories, this volume challenges students to think in a different way about crime and criminal behavior. Each chapter:
* Begins with a clinical case study that is periodically referenced throughout the chapter to illustrate and illuminate the context being discussed
* examines the latent structure of crime-related constructs such as psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, and criminal lifestyle
* explores evidence-based interventions that could prevent further crime
* offers a view of the phenomenological world of the criminal offender to help students further understand the nature of crime.
Glenn D. Walters received his Ph.D. at Texas Tech University in 1982 with a concentration in Counseling Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. He is employed full-time as a psychologist in a correctional setting while also teaching courses, both graduate and undergraduate, as an Adjunct Professor at The Pennsylvania State University, Schuylkill, and Lehigh University. In addition to forensic psychology, he teaches abnormal psychology, psychological assessment, and developmental psychology. He has written two other books with SAGE: Drugs & Crime in Lifestyle Perspective (1994) and The Criminal Lifestyle: Patterns of Serious Criminal Conduct (1990). The present book is an outgrowth of the author's experiences teaching criminology and forensic psychology and the realization that crime is better understood once students appreciate the context of criminal development and desistance.
1. Understanding Crime: The Prime Context Predator Crime In Context The Organization of this Book Conclusion Key Terms and Concepts 2. Latent Structure: The Criminal Lifestyle in a Dimensional Context The Self Mutilator What is Latent Structure? The Taxometric Method Identifying the Number of Dimensions Behavioral Dimensions of a Criminal Lifestyle Cognitive Dimensions of a Criminal Lifestyle Why Should We Care About Latent Structure? Conclusion Key Terms and Concepts 3. Classification: The Criminal Lifestyle in a Diagnostic Context Mr. Consistency Diagnostic Functions Essentials of Categorical Diagnosis Essentials of Dimensional Diagnosis Constructing a Dimensional Diagnosis for the Criminal Lifestyle Analyzing Trends and Identifying Patterns Conclusion Key Terms and Concepts 4. Assessment: The Criminal Lifestyle in an Appraisal Context Tuesday's Child Clinical Forensic Psychology Construct Assessment Risk Assessment Broad-Band Clinical Forensic Assessment Instruments Narrow-Band Clinical Forensic Assessment Instruments Clinical Forensic Evaluation of Grace Conclusion Key Terms and Concepts 5. Development or Propensity: The Criminal Lifestyle in an Etiological Context Born Under a Bad Sign Development versus Propensity in Explaining Crime A Lifestyle Theory of Crime Jerry Revisited: A Developmental Analysis Conclusion Key Terms and Concepts 6: Phenomenology: The Criminal Lifestyle in a Subjective Context Married to the Mob Phenomenology Responses to the Ten Questions Conclusion Key Terms and Concepts 7. Intervention: The Criminal Lifestyle in a Programmatic Context The Boxer Programmed Intervention Unassisted Change The "Nothing Works" Controversy Finding a Philosophy Implementing the Program Evaluating the Outcome Conclusion Key Terms and Concepts 8. Prevention: The Criminal Lifestyle in a High Risk Youth Context Dennis the Menace Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Prevention The Lifestyle Approach to Secondary Prevention Conclusion Key Terms and Concepts 9. Mental Illness and Malingering: The Criminal Lifestyle in an Application Context Tattoo Mental Illness Malingering Conclusion Key Terms and Concepts 10. Future Contexts and Distance Horizons The Second Story Man Understanding Crime: The Prime Context Future Dimensional Contexts Future Diagnostic Contexts Future Appraisal Contexts Future Etiological Contexts Future Subjective Contexts Future Programmatic Contexts Future Preventive Contexts Future Application Contexts Conclusion Key Terms and Concepts