Offering a unique and interdisciplinary focus on the roots of violence, Violent Crime: Clinical and Social Implications explores cutting-edge research on the etiology, nature, assessment, and treatment of individuals who commit violent crimes. This edited volume covers the foundations of criminal behavior, offers a balanced discussion of both environmental and biological research, and includes articles written by top researchers and scholars in the field. In Part I, Violent Crime examines the origins of violence, including family and other social factors, media violence, genetics, biochemistry, and head injuries. Part II delves into research on specific subgroups of offenders, including sex offenders, domestic violence perpetrators, murderers, and serial murderers. Part III focuses on issues related to victimology, prevention, and the treatment of violent offenders.

Key Features

Draws from a wide range of disciplines, including criminology, sociology, biology, medical science, genetics, clinical psychology, and psychiatry; Introduces students to cutting-edge research on genetic, biochemical, and traumatic brain injury-related causes and correlates of violent crime; Presents a systematic introduction to the current state of the field (and its likely future) through articles from leading researchers in the various subfields of violent crime; Includes case studies with salient, fascinating examples of actual crimes and criminals to help students understand key points; Offers an international focus, with authors from Canada, England, Greece, and Spain, as well as from the United States; Provides end-of-chapter learning aids, including summaries, discussion questions, Internet resources, and suggestions for further reading

A must-read for any student of criminological research, Violent Crime: Clinical and Social Implications can be used as a core or supplementary text in undergraduate and graduate courses on Violent Crime, Interpersonal Violence, and Social Deviance.

Physical Child Abuse

Physical child abuse
MaryE.Haskett, SharonG.Portwood, and KristenM.Lewis

Background

Although rates of physical child abuse in the U.S. have been declining since the mid-1990s (Finkelhor & Jones, 2006), many children are physically abused every year. According to Child Maltreatment 2005 (Children's Bureau, 2005), the most recent report of data from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System, approximately 899,000 U.S. children were victims of child abuse or neglect in 2005. Of this number, 16.6% were physically abused. Physical abuse occurs across all ethnic and racial groups; in 2005, 10.3% of victims were Hispanic, 14% were African American, 16.6% were Asian, 11.5% were Pacific Islander, and 10% were white. The remainder were self-reported as other ethnic minorities or multiple races or were of unknown race. In ...

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