Introduction to Forensic Psychology

Introduction to Forensic Psychology, 3rd Edition

Court, Law Enforcement, and Correctional Practices

Introduction to Forensic Psychology, 3rd Edition,Stacey Shipley,Bruce Arrigo,ISBN9780123821690


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This 3e of Introduction to Forensic Psychology is a true text, intended for undergraduate courses by this title. It introduces the student to information on adult, child, and family forensics as they apply to criminal and civic forensics law enforcement/prisons.

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Key Features

  • Newly structured to map closer to how this information is taught and learned
  • Comprehensive coverage ensures inclusion of criminal and civic forensics as well as police and law enforcement
  • Chapters now include pedagogy, including outlines, main points, and relevant websites


This edition of Introduction to Forensic Psychology has been completely restructured to map to how courses on forensic psychology are taught, and features  more figures, tables, and text boxes, textbook pedagogy. Uniquely. this book offers equal representation of criminal behavior, the court systems, and law enforcement/prisons. It also has equal representation of criminal and civic forensics and of issues pertaining to adults and children.


Professors teaching introduction to forensic psychology, libraries.

Stacey Shipley

Affiliations and Expertise

North Texas State Hospital, Vernon, U.S.A.

Bruce Arrigo

Bruce A. Arrigo, Ph.D., is Professor of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of North Carolina - Charlotte. He holds additional faculty appointments in Psychology, in Public Policy, and in Public Health Sciences. Dr. Arrigo has (co)authored or (co)edited) 30+ books and 175+ scholarly papers in the areas of justice and social welfare at the intersection of law, mental health, and society. He also is the founding and current editor-in-chief of the Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, a Fellow of both the American Psychological Association and the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, and has served as a consultant to the Correctional Service of Canada, the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation, and Savant Learning Systems.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of North Carolina, Charlotte, U.S.A.

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Introduction to Forensic Psychology, 3rd Edition


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PART I. Adult Forensics

Court and the Legal System: Criminal Forensic Consultation

Court and the Legal System: Civil Forensics

Police and Law Enforcement

Corrections and Prison Practices


Key Issues

Chapter 1. Adult Forensic Evaluation


Competency to Stand Trial

Psychological Tests and Forensic Assessment Instruments in the Courtroom

Mental State at the Time of the Offense: Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity and Guilty But Mentally Ill Verdicts

Violence Risk Assessment

Competency Restoration and Sanity Acquittees: The Maximum-Security Forensic Hospital


Key Issues

Chapter 2. Adult Forensic Consultation


Jury Selection

The Forensic Psychologist as Expert Witness

Intellectual Disability and Criminal Defendants: Implications for Capital Offenses and the Death Penalty

Forensic Consultants in Criminal Mitigation


Key Issues

Chapter 3. Civil Forensics


Defining Mental Illness

Right to Refuse Treatment

Evaluating Psychiatric Work-Related Disability

Duty to Inform v. Client Confidentiality

Victim–Offender Mediation


Key Issues

Chapter 4. Adult Issues in Policing


Adult Criminal Profiling

Use of Force

Suicide by Cop

Coerced Confessions

The Police Personality and Pre-Employment Screenings

Critical Incidents Debriefing


Key Issues

Chapter 5. Adult Issues in Corrections/Correctional Psychology


Offender’s Right to Refuse Treatment

Incarcerating and Executing the Mentally Ill

Suicide Risk, Screening, and Crisis Intervention for Inmates

Sex Offender Treatment

Maintaining Boundaries with an Inmate Population

Prison Violence

PART II. Juvenile Forensics

Court and the Legal System: Civil Forensics

Police and Corrections Practices


Key Issues

Chapter 6. Juvenile/Family Forensics


Defining the Age of Criminal Responsibility


Psychology of School Violence

Sentencing: Psychology of Juvenile Rehabilitation


Key Issues

Chapter 7. Juvenile/Family Forensics


Family Law and Emotional Rights

Best Interests of the Child Doctrine

The Role of Psychologists in Custody Evaluations

Children/Juveniles and the Reliability of their Courtroom Testimony


Key Issues

Chapter 8. Juvenile Issues in Policing and Correctional Psychology


Dealing with Troubled Youths at School and in the Community

Policing Juvenile Gangs

Adolescent Female Prostitutes: Criminals or Victims?

Juveniles in Adult Jails

Juveniles on Death Row

Juvenile Boot Camps

Suicide Among Incarcerated Juveniles

PART III. Family Forensics

Court and the Legal System: Civil Forensics

Police and Law Enforcement

Corrections and Prison Practices


Key Issues

Chapter 9. Violence in the Family


Family Violence: Homicide

Maternal Filicide: Mothers who Kill their Children

Domestic Violence

Family Trauma and the Cycle of Crime


Key Issues

Chapter 10. Family Forensics


Impact of Mental Health Law Doctrines on Families: Paternalism and Parens Patriae

Termination of Parental Rights

Gay/Lesbian Rights and Definitions of the Family


Key Issues

Chapter 11. Family/Community Issues in Policing


Police as Mediators in Domestic Disputes

Police Stress

Police and the Mentally Ill

Police Training: Communication Skills and Conflict Resolution

The Psychology of Terrorism: Motivations, Implications, and Healing


Key Issues

Chapter 12. Family/Community Issues in Corrections/Correctional Psychology


Psychological Stress and Correctional Work

Intellectually Disabled Inmates

Society’s Reaction to Sex Offenders

Women Working in Male Prisons

“Make Believe” Families

Women In Prison and Mother–Child Separation

Community Reentry Programs and Family Reunification




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