Summary: The First Canadian Edition of Forensic Psychology introduces students to the practice of forensic psychology by showing them how psychologists aid the legal system by serving as expert witnesses, criminal profilers, and forensic consultants. Authors Lawrence Wrightsman and Stephen Porter present the roles and responsibilities of forensic psychologists, and address both the opportunities and temptations inherent in those roles, focusing on the unique Canadian context. Th...show morerough this lens, the text explores the ethical issues facing practicing forensic psychologists, such as promising clients too much, the possibility of becoming advocates rather than objective scientists, and the pitfalls associated with substituting one's values for data.Streamlined to meet the needs of the Canadian marketplace, Wrightsman and Porter provide students with an accurate and candid picture of the field, and the range of careers in forensic psychology.
The authors adopt a broad definition of forensic psychology as any psychological research or application with relevance to the law.
Given Canadaâ??s reputation as a world leader in forensic psychology, the authors give major coverage to the types of research being conducted in Canadian universities and the types of applications occurring in our legal system (e.g., expert witnesses, correctional psychology).
Addresses all major areas of forensic psychology, exploring ethical responsibilities, police psychology, eyewitness testimony, deception detection, criminal behaviour and profiling, forensic interviewing, jury selection and decision-making, victim issues, criminal responsibility and competency to stand trial, and the future of forensic psychology.
Forensic Psychology contains a high level of scholarship combined with a consistent reliance on science and empirical evidence
Edition/Copyright:06 Cover: Hardback Publisher:Nelson Thomson Learning Published: 06/28/2006 International: No
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1. The Challenge of Forensic Psychology 2. Roles and Responsibilities of Forensic Psychologists 3. The Police: Selection, Training, and Evaluation 4. Criminal Profiling 5. Techniques of Criminal Investigation: Lie Detection and Hypnosis 6. Improving Eyewitness Identification Procedures 7. Police Interrogations and Confessions 8. Jury Selection 9. Criminal Responsibility and Competency 10. The Battered Woman Syndrome and Domestic Violence 11. Rape Trauma Syndrome 12. The Sexual Abuse of Children 13. Child Custody Decisions 14. Discrimination 15. Sexual Harassment 16. The Future of Canadian Forensic Psychology
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