Psychology of Criminal Behaviour: A Canadian Perspective (2e) : 9780132980050

Psychology of Criminal Behaviour: A Canadian Perspective (2e)

Serin / Forth / Brown / Nunues / Bennell
Published by
Pearson Canada
Available on demand
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This Canadian text examines the intersection of criminal behaviour, the theory behind it, and the application of evidence-based practice to its study.  It explores the Canadian criminal justice system, Canadian research and Canadian crime.  Criminal Behaviour and Psychology is very accessible to students, and has a focus on empirical research to support key theories and practice.  Contemporary themes are also highlighted to give this book a truly Canadian perspective.

Table of contents

Chapter 1 – Crime in Canada

Chapter 2 – Theories of Crime: Biological and Evolutionary Explanations

Chapter 3 – Theories of Crime: Learning and Environment

Chapter 4 – Canadian Corrections in Practice

Chapter 5 – Adolescent Offenders

Chapter 6 – Economically Motivated Offenders

Chapter 7 – Substance Abusing Offenders **NEW**

Chapter 8 – Violent Offending: General Violence and Homicide

Chapter 9 – Intimate Partner Violence

Chapter 10 – Mentally Disordered Offenders

Chapter 11 – Psychopathic Offenders **NEW**

Chapter 12 – Sexual Offenders

Chapter 13 – Female Offenders

Chapter 14 – Aboriginal Offenders


New to this edition
NEW chapter on psychopathic offenders

NEW chapter on substance abuse offenders

Features & benefits
  • Chapter objectives. Each chapter starts with a list of learning objectives to guide students’ learning of the material and closes with a summary linked to the learning objectives.
  • Vignettes. Case studies or vignettes are presented at the beginning of each chapter to provide a context for the key concepts reflected in the chapter. These vignettes are real-world cases and scenarios to help students make the link from research to practice.
  • Key terms and Glossary. Key terms are highlighted in bold type throughout each chapter and a definition is provided in the glossary at the end of the textbook for easy reference.
  • Evidence-based practice. A major focus of the text is the use of empirical research to support key theories and practice. Data reported in original studies is often presented in graph or table form and is cited throughout the textbook.
  • Profiles of Canadian researchers. Canadian researchers are among the best in the world and their contributions have been innumerable. Each chapter provides a profile of a key Canadian researcher whose work is relevant to the chapter. These profiles also highlight information such as educational background, research interests, and some aspects of their personal lives.
  • Boxes. Boxed features within the chapters provide interesting asides to the main text. These boxes will develop students’ appreciation for current assessment techniques and issues.
  • Discussion questions. Several discussion questions are provided at the end of each chapter. Instructors can assign these for group discussion in class, or students can consider them in order to examine their understanding of the chapter material.
  • Linking research to practice. A separate chapter is provided that demonstrates how empirical research and theory are linked to contemporary correctional practice. This should be of interest to students who plan on pursuing careers in the fields of corrections and criminal justice.

Instructor Resource Package: 

  • Instructor’s Manual. The Instructor’s Manual is a comprehensive resource that provides chapter outlines, class activities, and summaries of key concepts. We hope our colleagues will use the textbook and Instructor’s Manual as a foundation that they can build on in the classroom.
  • Test Item File. This test bank, offered in Microsoft Word format, contains multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions. Each question is classified according to difficulty level and is keyed to the appropriate page number in the text.
  • PowerPoint Presentations. PowerPoint slides highlight the key concepts in each chapter of the text.