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.

Violence and the Elderly

Violence and the elderly
JeanetteM.Daly

Violence against the elderly includes acts of aggression or abuse that intentionally or unintentionally cause injury to a person. Elder mistreatment is a form of violence against the elderly that usually involves abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Although an intent to cause harm is central to the concept of violence, it is sometimes absent from certain cases of elder mistreatment, such as when an older person is left alone, isolated, or forgotten.

Although we now recognize violence against the elderly as a crime, historically, elder abuse was viewed as a social problem. With the legislation of adult protective services statutes, mandatory reporting, and penalties for not reporting, elder abuse has been criminalized (Payne, Berg, & Toussaint, 2001). This criminalization requires ...

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