criminal psychology


Summary: The branch of psychology which investigates the psychology of crime with particular reference to the personality factors of the criminal.

Top Publications

  1. Wolf B, Lavezzi W. Paths to destruction: the lives and crimes of two serial killers. J Forensic Sci. 2007;52:199-203 pubmed
  2. Soothill K, Ackerley E, Francis B. The criminal careers of arsonists. Med Sci Law. 2004;44:27-40 pubmed
    ..5% in the 1951 series to 10.7% for the 1980-1 series. The indications are that the situation in relation to arson has deteriorated significantly over the past forty years. ..
  3. Hill J, Nathan R. Childhood antecedents of serious violence in adult male offenders. Aggress Behav. 2008;34:329-38 pubmed publisher
    ..Thus developmental pathways to serious violence may be different depending on the social domain in which the violence occurs. ..
  4. Neutze J, Seto M, Schaefer G, Mundt I, Beier K. Predictors of child pornography offenses and child sexual abuse in a community sample of pedophiles and hebephiles. Sex Abuse. 2011;23:212-42 pubmed publisher
    ..Overall, there were more similarities than differences between groups. ..
  5. Miner M, Center B. Improving the measurement of criminal sexual behavior: the application of randomized responding technique. Sex Abuse. 2008;20:88-101 pubmed publisher
    ..These results provide preliminary evidence that RRT is a useful method for generating reoffending data that are more sensitive than officially recorded offenses and that contain less bias than other self-reports. ..
  6. Rutgers A. [Reaction on 'Filicide; psychiatric disorders in parents who murder their children - a review']. Tijdschr Psychiatr. 2008;50:491-2 pubmed
  7. Valliant P, Clark L. An evaluation of nonassaultive, assaultive, and sexually assaultive adolescents at pretrial sentencing: a comparison on cognition, personality, aggression, and criminal sentiments. Psychol Rep. 2009;105:1077-91 pubmed
    ..Discriminant analyses showed the three groups could be separated by stepwise procedure. ..
  8. Van Patten I, Delhauer P. Sexual homicide: a spatial analysis of 25 years of deaths in Los Angeles. J Forensic Sci. 2007;52:1129-41 pubmed
    ..The results provide support for some of the findings from earlier descriptive studies and extend our understanding of the spatial geometry of sexual homicide. ..
  9. Lozano A, Morgan R, Murray D, Varghese F. Prison tattoos as a reflection of the criminal lifestyle. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2011;55:509-29 pubmed publisher
    ..Implications of these findings are discussed. ..

More Information


  1. Vicens E, Tort V, Dueñas R, Muro A, Pérez Arnau F, Arroyo J, et al. The prevalence of mental disorders in Spanish prisons. Crim Behav Ment Health. 2011;21:321-32 pubmed publisher
  2. Irwin B, Copen K. The fatherless epidemic: transforming tragedy to triumph. J Christ Nurs. 2006;23:26-30 pubmed
  3. Forgays D, DeMilio L. IsTeen Court effective for repeat offenders? A test of the restorative justice approach. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2005;49:107-18 pubmed
    ..These perspectives as well as the continued voluntary involvement with Teen Court are discussed in relation to empowerment theory. ..
  4. Morse S. New neuroscience, old problems: legal implications of brain science. Cerebrum. 2004;6:81-90 pubmed
    ..On the other hand, the author acknowledges, one can easily imagine substantial changes in particular doctrines. ..
  5. Beech A, Fisher D, Ward T. Sexual murderers' implicit theories. J Interpers Violence. 2005;20:1366-89 pubmed
  6. Vaughn M, Howard M, DeLisi M. Psychopathic personality traits and delinquent careers: an empirical examination. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2008;31:407-16 pubmed publisher
    ..Psychopathy should be fully incorporated into criminological investigations of delinquent and criminal careers. ..
  7. Kemper T, Kistner J. An evaluation of classification criteria for juvenile sex offenders. Sex Abuse. 2010;22:172-90 pubmed publisher
    ..Consequently, variation in classification criteria is unlikely to be contributing to the inconsistencies of the findings when comparing victim age based subgroups of JSOs. ..
  8. Lebovits A. Physicians being deceived: whose responsibility?. Pain Med. 2007;8:441; author reply 447-8 pubmed
  9. Wygant D, Sellbom M, Gervais R, Ben Porath Y, Stafford K, Freeman D, et al. Further validation of the MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF Response Bias Scale: findings from disability and criminal forensic settings. Psychol Assess. 2010;22:745-56 pubmed publisher
    ..The results of this study indicate that the RBS can add uniquely to the existing MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF validity scales in detecting symptom exaggeration associated with cognitive response bias. ..
  10. Urbaniok F, Laubacher A, Hardegger J, Rossegger A, Endrass J, Moskvitin K. Neurobiological determinism: human freedom of choice and criminal responsibility. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2012;56:174-90 pubmed publisher
    ..The principle of relative determinism and the analysis of the offender's behavior at the time of the offense thus remain the central and cogent approach to the assessment of criminal responsibility. ..
  11. Robst J, Constantine R, Andel R, Boaz T, Howe A. Factors related to criminal justice expenditure trajectories for adults with serious mental illness. Crim Behav Ment Health. 2011;21:350-62 pubmed publisher
    ..Interventions may also be better focused if criminal justice expenditure trajectories are examined; programmes targeting re-offending as well as specific mental health problems may be most effective. ..
  12. van den Bosch L, Hysaj M, Jacobs P. DBT in an outpatient forensic setting. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2012;35:311-6 pubmed publisher
  13. Grieger L, Hosser D. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder does not predict criminal recidivism in young adult offenders: Results from a prospective study. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2012;35:27-34 pubmed publisher
    ..These findings stress the necessity of differentiating between risk factors for delinquency and risk factors for recidivism. ..
  14. Sewall L, Krupp D, Lalumière M. A test of two typologies of sexual homicide. Sex Abuse. 2013;25:82-100 pubmed publisher
    ..In summary, there is only mixed support for either model. ..
  15. Elsegood K, Duff S. Theory of mind in men who have sexually offended against children: a U.K. comparison study between child sex offenders and nonoffender controls. Sex Abuse. 2010;22:112-31 pubmed publisher
    ..In contrast, there were no differences between offenders and controls in their ability to infer the mental states of children. The results are discussed with regard to psychological theory, clinical work, and future research. ..
  16. Stein M, Schlesinger L, Pinizzotto A. Necrophilia and sexual homicide. J Forensic Sci. 2010;55:443-6 pubmed publisher
    ..The possibility of using crime-scene behaviors in these cases to investigate serial sexual murders is offered. ..
  17. Gleeson J, Nathan P, Bradley G. The need for the development and evaluation of preventive psychosocial forensic interventions in mainstream adult community mental health services. Australas Psychiatry. 2006;14:180-5 pubmed
    ..Mainstream community mental health services can be guided by existing findings in the design of psychosocial intervention and prevention programmes. There is growing need to develop and evaluate such interventions. ..
  18. Ozbay O, Köksoy O. Is low self-control associated with violence among youths in Turkey?. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2009;53:145-67 pubmed publisher
    ..Interaction effects occur only among subdimensions of self-control and opportunity variables. Social class and age are significant even when low self-control measures were controlled. ..
  19. Parrott C, Brodsky S, Wilson J. Thin slice expert testimony and mock trial deliberations. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2015;42-43:67-74 pubmed publisher
    ..Instead, brief impressions are likely to be heavily influenced by deliberation. Implications for understanding how impression-based testimony evaluations translate from the jury box to the deliberation room are discussed. ..
  20. Ronel N, Elisha E. A different perspective: introducing positive criminology. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2011;55:305-25 pubmed publisher
    ..Positive criminology is also expressed in prevention based on a positive approach. ..
  21. Dixon J, Mahoney B. The effect of accent evaluation and evidence on a suspect's perceived guilt and criminality. J Soc Psychol. 2004;144:63-73 pubmed
    ..However, independent of evidence presented and crime type, the regional-accented suspect was evaluated as more typically criminal and more likely to be reaccused of a crime than the standard-accented suspect. ..
  22. Aronson S. Profiling and genetic destiny. Med Health R I. 2006;89:389 pubmed
  23. Ardolf B, Denney R, Houston C. Base rates of negative response bias and malingered neurocognitive dysfunction among criminal defendants referred for neuropsychological evaluation. Clin Neuropsychol. 2007;21:899-916 pubmed
    ..9% were Definite MND. The combined rate of probable and definite MND was 54.3%. Results suggest rates of neuropsychological NRB and malingering in criminal forensic settings are higher than in civil forensic settings. ..
  24. DeLisi M, Vaughn M. The Gottfredson-Hirschi critiques revisited: reconciling self-control theory, criminal careers, and career criminals. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2008;52:520-37 pubmed
    ..Further integration between self-control and criminal career research is urged. ..
  25. Pozzulo J, Crescini C, Panton T. Does methodology matter in eyewitness identification research? The effect of live versus video exposure on eyewitness identification accuracy. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2008;31:430-7 pubmed publisher
    ..Implications of these findings in regards to the generalizability of laboratory-based research on eyewitness testimony to real-life crime are discussed. ..
  26. Kapoor R. Commentary: Jail-based competency restoration. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2011;39:311-5 pubmed
  27. Wahlund K, Kristiansson M. Offender characteristics in lethal violence with special reference to antisocial and autistic personality traits. J Interpers Violence. 2006;21:1081-91 pubmed
    ..In the APDi group, knives were used in the homicide compared to the use of guns in the APDc group. The results suggest differences in psychosocial functioning and crime scene characteristics related to personality traits. ..
  28. Myers W, Bukhanovskiy A, Justen E, Morton R, Tilley J, Adams K, et al. The relationship between serial sexual murder and autoerotic asphyxiation. Forensic Sci Int. 2008;176:187-95 pubmed
    ..The findings from this study support the supposition that crime scene behaviors often reflect paraphilic disturbances in those who commit serial sexual homicides. ..
  29. Lamade R, Gabriel A, Prentky R. Optimizing risk mitigation in management of sexual offenders: a structural model. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2011;34:217-25 pubmed publisher
    ..Such a public health paradigm places victims - not offenders - at the center, forcing society to come to address the full gamut of hazards that fuel sexual violence. ..
  30. Liem M, Vinkers D. [Homicide committed by psychotic defendants in the Netherlands]. Tijdschr Psychiatr. 2012;54:509-16 pubmed
    ..Homicide committed by psychotic patients is relatively rare in the Netherlands, but it does occur. Early, continuous treatment of psychotic illness might help to prevent patients with a psychotic disorder from committing homicide. ..
  31. Yourstone J, Lindholm T, Kristiansson M. Women who kill: a comparison of the psychosocial background of female and male perpetrators. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2008;31:374-83 pubmed publisher
    ..These gender differences suggest that specific actions are needed for preventing women's homicidal behaviour. ..
  32. Dil L, Doreleijers T, Schoevers R. [Filicide; psychiatric disorders in parents who murder their children--a literature review]. Tijdschr Psychiatr. 2008;50:263-72 pubmed
    ..The identification of other risk factors and their possible interrelatedness is important for our understanding of these criminal acts, for the detection of warning signs and for the development of preventive strategies. ..
  33. Bouchiat Couchouron S. [Criminal irresponsibility of mentally-disordered patients: current data and debate issues]. Rev Prat. 2008;58:1397-405 pubmed
    ..The objective here is to understand what is at stake in the debate which for many months has opposed the different protagonists: psychiatrists, experts or not, magistrates, and plaintiff claiming damages. ..
  34. Robinson L, Spencer M, Thomson L, Sprengelmeyer R, Owens D, Stanfield A, et al. Facial emotion recognition in Scottish prisoners. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2012;35:57-61 pubmed publisher
    ..We also demonstrated a relationship between particular patterns of deficit and types of offending history not previously described. ..
  35. Lindberg N, Holi M, Tani P, Virkkunen M. Looking for pyromania: characteristics of a consecutive sample of Finnish male criminals with histories of recidivist fire-setting between 1973 and 1993. BMC Psychiatry. 2005;5:47 pubmed
    ..Using the criteria of the DSM-IV-TR, pyromania must be regarded as an extremely rare phenomenon. Especially the question of substance intoxication as an exclusion criterion for pyromania should be reconsidered. ..
  36. Bourke P, Ward T, Rose C. Expertise and sexual offending: a preliminary empirical model. J Interpers Violence. 2012;27:2391-414 pubmed publisher
    ..The outcome of the research is a descriptive model of expertise-related competency (ERC) of child sexual offending. The model identifies and emphasizes the variability of knowledge and skill acquisition among offenders. ..
  37. Dietiker J, Dittmann V, Graf M. [Risk assessment of sex offenders in a German-speaking sample. Applicability of PCL-SV, HCR-20+3, and SVR-20]. Nervenarzt. 2007;78:53-61 pubmed
    ..Beyond that, these instruments may also be used literally as a checklist. Their use for risk quantification should be limited primarily to the subgroup of antisocial and physically aggressive sex offenders. ..
  38. Sturup J, Kristiansson M. [Severe mental disorder--difficult forensic psychiatric evaluation. Differences between Swedes and immigrants and between women and men analyzed]. Lakartidningen. 2007;104:1702-6 pubmed
  39. Whang L, Chang G. Lifestyles of virtual world residents: living in the on-line game "lineage". Cyberpsychol Behav. 2004;7:592-600 pubmed
    ..This study serves as a model to understand how players from different real-life backgrounds will behave in various game features and how they adopt the virtual world for their new social identities. ..
  40. Cashin A, Newman C. Autism in the criminal justice detention system: A review of the literature. J Forensic Nurs. 2009;5:70-5 pubmed publisher
    ..There is little research that has examined the experiences of people with autism spectrum disorders in custody. There is very little to guide service design to develop autism support services for people in prison. ..
  41. Yaffe G. Neurologic disorder and criminal responsibility. Handb Clin Neurol. 2013;118:345-56 pubmed publisher
  42. Beaver K, Wright J, Walsh A. A gene-based evolutionary explanation for the association between criminal involvement and number of sex partners. Biodemography Soc Biol. 2008;54:47-55 pubmed publisher
    ..Second, DAT1 explains variation in both number of sexual partners and in criminal conduct for males. We speak to the implications of our findings. ..
  43. Egan V, Kavanagh B, Blair M. Sexual offenders against children: the influence of personality and obsessionality on cognitive distortions. Sex Abuse. 2005;17:223-40 pubmed
  44. Nikolova N, Hendry M, Douglas K, Edens J, Lilienfeld S. The inconsistency of inconsistency scales: a comparison of two widely used measures. Behav Sci Law. 2012;30:16-27 pubmed publisher
    ..We discuss the implications of our findings for clinical practice, and potential concerns with the use of a single measure to identify inconsistent responding in clinical practice and research. ..
  45. Philipse M, Koeter M, van den Brink W, Van Der Staak C. The structural coherence of clinically derived dynamic indicators of reoffending risk. Crim Behav Ment Health. 2004;14:263-79 pubmed
    ..The CIDRRI is a viable instrument for clinical use, taking only 15 minutes to complete and identifying dynamic risk factors, the validity of which needs to be further established. ..
  46. Kamphuis J, De Ruiter C, Janssen B, Spiering M. Preliminary evidence for an automatic link between sex and power among men who molest children. J Interpers Violence. 2005;20:1351-65 pubmed
    ..As well, the current study suggests that paradigms from cognitive psychology may contribute to multimodal (risk) assessment of sexual offenders. ..
  47. Mitchell D, Tafrate R. Conceptualization and measurement of criminal thinking: initial validation of the Criminogenic Thinking Profile. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2012;56:1080-102 pubmed publisher
    ..The utility of the CTP to identify relevant cognitive targets for offender treatment is a recommended area of future research. ..
  48. Urbaniok F, Hardegger J, Rossegger A, Endrass J. [Neurobiological determinism: questionable inferences on human freedom of choice and forensic criminal responsibility]. Fortschr Neurol Psychiatr. 2006;74:431-41 pubmed
  49. Reznik A, Fastovtsov G, Vasilevskiĭ V, Savina O. [Characteristics of combat disorders in war veterans committed illegal aggressive actions]. Voen Med Zh. 2007;328:55-61, 96 pubmed
    ..The highest risk of progress of acute stress reactions with aggressive behavior takes place on condition of disphoria-anxious version of PTSD, which is maximally characterized by person's changes, having sthenic character. ..
  50. Adinkrah M. Husbands who kill their wives: an analysis of uxoricides in contemporary Ghana. Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2008;52:296-310 pubmed
    ..It is concluded that additional research in non-Western societies is warranted to contribute to the development of sound conclusions about and remedies for uxoricide. ..
  51. Heide K, Solomon E. Female juvenile murderers: Biological and psychological dynamics leading to homicide. Int J Law Psychiatry. 2009;32:244-52 pubmed publisher
    ..The dynamics of child maltreatment in fostering rage and violence are discussed thereafter in terms of offender accountability. The article concludes with a discussion of treatment and recommendations for future research. ..
  52. Farrington D, Ttofi M, Coid J. Development of adolescence-limited, late-onset, and persistent offenders from age 8 to age 48. Aggress Behav. 2009;35:150-63 pubmed publisher
    ..It was suggested that nervousness and neuroticism may have protected children at risk from offending in adolescence and the teenage years. ..
  53. Quina K, Brown L. Introduction. J Trauma Dissociation. 2007;8:1-7 pubmed