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.

Key Features

  • 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.


Students and professionals in the criminal justice field.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Fifth Edition Preface to the Fourth Edition Preface to the Third Edition Preface to the Second Edition Part 1: The Theoretical Context and Knowledge Base to the Psychology of Criminal Conduct     Chapter 1 An Overview of the Psychology of Criminal Conduct          Definition of the Psychology of Criminal Conduct          Values at the Base of PCC          Objectives of the Psychology of Criminal Conduct (PCC)          Empirical Understandings and Research Designs          A Preliminary Note on Meta-Analyses          The Location of PCC in Psychology and Criminology          Social Context as a Moderator of Individual Differences          The Social Research on Aggregated Crime Rates          Objections to the Goals of PCC          A Look Ahead          Worth Remembering     Chapter 2 The Empirical Base of PCC and the RNR Model of Assessment and Crime Prevention Through Human Services          The RNR Model of Correctional Assessment and Treatment          The Major and Moderate Risk/Need Factors          Experimental Investigations of the Effectiveness of Correctional Treatment A Quick Look at What Works and Research Support for the RNR Model          Worth Remembering          Recommended Readings     Chapter 3 Understanding Through Theory: Psychopathological, Psychodynamic, Social Location, and Differential Association Perspectives          Psychopathological Perspectives          Psychodynamic Conceptions of Human Behavior          Psychodynamic Thought and Recent Psychological Advances          Reformulations of Psychodynamic Theory          Variations on Psychodynamic Themes in Control Theories          More Recent Variations on Psychodynamic Themes          Toward Social Learning via Frustration-Aggression          Class-Based Sociological Theory: Social Location, Social Reaction, and Inequality          Uncovering Social Psychological Value in Sociological Criminology          Worth Remembering          Recomme


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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