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 Bad Psychology

Bad Psychology

How Forensic Psychology Left Science Behind

Robert A. Forde

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Robert A. Forde challenges widely held yet flawed views in the field of applying psychology to criminality. Here, he exposes the lack of evidence behind current policy and practice, the commercial and professional interests which maintain the status quo, and demands alternative approaches from the field of forensic psychology.
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Paperback / softback
2017, 8.50in x 5.51in / 216mm x 140mm, 304pp
ISBN: 9781785922305
$15.95
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2017, ePUB, 304pp
ISBN: 978-1-78450-505-9
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Description

For decades the psychological assessment and treatment of offenders has run on invalid and untested programmes. Robert A. Forde exposes the current ineffectiveness of forensic psychology that has for too long been maintained by individual and commercial vested interests, resulting in dangerous prisoners being released on parole, and low risk prisoners being denied it, wasting enormous amounts of public money. Challenging entrenched ideas about the field of psychology as a whole, and how it should be practised in the criminal justice system, the author shows how effective changes can be made for more just decisions, and the better rehabilitation of offenders into society, while significantly reducing the cost to the taxpayer.

This is a fearless account calling for a return to scientific evidence in the troubled field of forensic psychology.

Reviews

'A riveting, sharply written examination of the fault line between good science and forensic folklore.'
- E.J. Wagner-author of the Edgar-winning The Science of Sherlock Holmes: From Baskerville Hall to the Valley of Fear, the Real Forensics Behind the Great Detective’s Greatest Cases

'Bad Psychology is a must and timely book for anyone interested in forensic evaluation and the (mis)-use of science. It is a wake-up call to bring science to the work of forensic examiners.'
- Dr. Itiel Dror, Cognitive Neuroscientist, University College London

Authors

By (author): Robert A. Forde