The Psychology of Criminal Conduct

The Psychology of Criminal Conduct, 5th Edition

The Psychology of Criminal Conduct, 5th Edition,D.A. Andrews,James Bonta,ISBN9781422463291





A truly interdisciplinary general personality and social psychology of criminal behavior that is open to a wide variety of factors that relate to individual differences — a perspective with both theoretical and practical significance in North America and Great Britain.

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  • Resource notes throughout explain important concepts.
  • Technical notes at the back of the book allow the advanced student to explore complex research without distracting readers from the main points.
  • An acronym index is also provided.


The Psychology of Criminal Conduct, Fifth Edition, discusses the psychology of criminal behavior, drawing upon general personality, as well as cognitive-behavioral and cognitive social learning perspectives. The book consists of 15 chapters, which are organized into four sections. Part 1 provides an overview of theoretical context and major knowledge base of the psychology of criminal conduct. Part 2 discusses the eight major risk/need factors of criminal conduct. Part 3 examines the prediction and classification of criminal behavior, along with prevention and rehabilitation. Part 4 summarizes the major issues in understanding criminal conduct. In addition to senior undergraduate students, graduate students, and professionals in psychology, this book may be helpful to students and practitioners in the fields of social work, sociology, education, health, youth and family studies, criminology, and youth and adult justice. The book is also accessible to members of the general public who are interested in understanding antisocial behavior.


Students and professionals in the criminal justice field.

D.A. Andrews

Affiliations and Expertise

Carleton University

James Bonta

Affiliations and Expertise

Public Safety Canada

The Psychology of Criminal Conduct, 5th Edition

Part 1: The Theoretical Context and Knowledge Base to the Psychology of Criminal Conduct

1. An Overview of the Psychology of Criminal Conduct

2. The Empirical Base of PCC and the RNR Model of Assessment and Crime Prevention Through Human Services

3. Understanding Through Theory: Psychopathological, Psychodynamic, Social Location, and Differential Association Perspectives

4. A General Personality and Cognitive Social Learning Approach: The Personal, Interpersonal, and Community-Reinforcement (PIC-R) Perspective

Part 2: The Major Risk/Need Factors of Criminal Conduct

5. Biological, Personal, and Social Origins of the Major Risk/NeedFactors and Personal Strengths

6. Antisocial Personality Pattern

7. The Role of Antisocial Associates and Attitudesin Criminal Conduct

8. The Person in Social Context: Family, School, Work, Leisure/Recreation, Marital Attachments, and Neighborhood

9. Substance Abuse

Part 3: Applications

10. Prediction of Criminal Behavior and Classifi cation of Offenders

11. Prevention and Rehabilitation

12. Creating and Maintaining RNR Adherence: A Real-World Challenge

13. Getting Mean, Getting Even, Getting Justice: Punishment and a Search for Alternatives

14. Criminal Subtypes: From the Common to the Exceptional

Part 4: Summary and Conclusions

15. A General Personality and Social Psychology of Criminal Conduct: Summary and Conclusions

Quotes and reviews

Comprehensive, rigorous, scholarly, evidence-driven, balanced, and incisive, this authoritative work sets the standard for correctional and criminal justice psychology course texts, and is applicable to a wide range of disciplines including psychology, psychiatry, criminology, sociology, law, forensic nursing, and related fields. Not only would the book be particularly useful as a textbook for graduate or senior undergraduate courses in criminal justice, forensic, or correctional psychology, it is a valuable and trustworthy resource for professionals in the field. In October 2010, the field of correctional and criminal justice psychology lost a giant with the sad passing of Dr. Donald Andrews, although a generous portion of his life work is captured, and his legacy continues to live on, within the pages of this book.~ MARK E. OLVER, British Journal of Psychology (2011), 102, 684–694
"With each new edition, Andrews and Bonta have striven to add to their knowledge base, incorporate new studies, and improve the readability of their work. Comprehensive, rigorous, scholarly, evidence-driven, balanced, and incisive, this authoritative work sets the standard for correctional and criminal justice psychology course."--British Journal of Psychology (2011), 102, 684-694

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