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96 Cards in this Set

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anything pertaining to the law: civil or criminal
forensic psychology
applied knowledge of psychology pertaining to the law
medical specialist whose competence has been certified by a diploma in a profession
examples of forensic fields:

forensic anthropology
study of bones or other human remains
examples of forensic fields:

forensic data recovery
email and internet analysis
computer files
examples of forensic fields:

forensic entomology
the study of insect knowledge in the investigation of crimes
five pie pieces of forensic psychology
police psychology
psychology of crime and delinquency
victimology and victim services
legal psychology
correctional psychology
police psychology
train officers how to deal with mentally ill

assist police with profiles of serial offenders

counseling to officers
psychology of crime and delinquency
conduct research on development of psychopathy

work with schools to identify troubled and dangerous youth

preschool intervention to prevent violent behavior in adolesence
victimology and victim services
evaluate victims or witnesses of crime

train others to work with those ptsd, criminal victimization

assess sexual harassment, auto accidents, discrimination
legal psychology
conduct child custody evaluations, visitation, risk assessments

evaluations of a defendants competency to stand trial

consult with attorneys concerning custody decisions
correctional psychology
develop stress management program

assess the development of a system for classifying inmates

evaluate effectiveness of existing programs for offenders
APA recognization
August 2001
wickersham commission
identifying the causes of criminal activity and to make recommendations for appropriate public policy
fitness for duty evaluation
conducted to call into question the officers ability to perform expected duties safely
training to be a police psychologist
4 reasons police departments use psychologists
selection and training

fit for duty evaluations

special forces training

training police to deal with

mentally ill
4 levels of us public law enforcement



municipal level
civilian employees
ordinary life, public catastrophes
sheriffs are elected
run jails
narcotics, theft, forensic labs
work for an agency
enforce federal law
6 levels of force
police presence

verbal command

firm grip: body hold

infraction of pain: carotid

impact tech: baton, tazer

deadly force: guns
3 personality tests
minnesota multiphasic personality inventory revised [mmpi 2]

california psychological inventory [cpi]

neo personality inventory revised [neo pi r]
4 types of police stress
organizational stress

task related stress

external stress

personal stress
excessive force characteristics of police
personality with lack of empathy, antisocial

officers with involvement in justifiable shootings

early need for strong supervision

dominant patrol style

personal problems such as divorce or loss of status
2 types of false confessions
coerced complaint FC:
know theyre innocent, threatened

coerced internalized FC:
confused, psychologically vulnerable, believes after a while
blue curtain
" them vs us "

strong code of silence that actually encourages police to cover up the misconduct
psychological profiling
interviewing an individual to see if they match an offender profile
offender profiling
description of a person most likely to commit an offense
geographical profiling
trying to plot the movements of one criminal
geographical mapping
taking one area and analyzing the patterns of crime in that area
static risk factors in profiling
factors that dont change when profiling behavior: gender, age, ethnic background
acute dynamic factors
rapid changing risk factors in profiling behavior
stable dynamic factors
slowly changing risk factors in profiling behavior
dynamic risk factors
factors that do change when profiling behavior: attitude, values, beliefs
signature of crime
distinct unique feature related to the offender, usually consistent
behavioral pattern found at the scene in which the offender trued to undo the crime
meaningful souvenir taken by offender to remember the incident
behavioral pattern found at crime scene to display intentional suicide
racial profiling
inclusion of racial or ethnic characteristics in determining whether a person is considered likely to commit a particular type of crime or an illegal act
pretext stop
a stop in which the officer detains the citizen for a minor crime (i.e. traffic offense) because the officer actually suspects the person of involvement in a major crime
4 miranda rights
right to remain silent

anything you say can and will
be used against you

right to an attorney

if you can not afford one, one will be appointed for you
4 stages of interrogation
qualifying the suspect

cultivating the suspect

conning the suspect

cooling the suspect
hit rate of polygraph test
how to beat polygraph

physical, biting tounge, lip, jabbing with pin-inducing pain
criminal behavior
intentional behavior that violates criminal code
status offenses
only applicable for juvies:

truancy, running away, curfew violations
ability to bounce back quickly and adaptively from negative emotional experiences
5 categories of juvie delinquency
crime against people

crime against property


crime against social order

status offenses
moffitt's developmental theory
here are two types of offenders:

adolescent limited offenders: antisocial behavior is temporary and situational

low level chronic:persistent offenders: antisocial behavior is permanent and stable
patterson's coercion developmental model
early starters in antisocial behaviors are at greater risk for more serious criminal offending as they grow older [more focused on parenting]

whining tantrums:
reinforced child
parent gives in
generates to peers, child gets rejected
bandura in relation to aggression
people learn aggressive behavior, kids are visually influenced
poor language contribution to delinquency
speaking less to kids

kids teach themselves, increases stress and frustration and aggression
self regulation skills contribution to delinquency
unable to control behavior and emotions

related to substance abuse, and concern for other people
ADHD characteristics



conduct disorder characteristics
aggression to people or animals

destruction of property, theft

deceitfulness or theft

sever rule violation
oppositional defiant disorder characteristics
mainly annoying, and defiant towards adults
3 crime theory conditions
someone must moniter child behavior

someone must recognize deviant behavior when it occurs

someone must punish that behavior
antisocial personality disorder vs psychopathy
one is diagnosable behavior [apd], one is surrounding psychology and cognition

psychopathy no known treatment

psychopath more brutal
features of psychopathy

lack of empathy

failure to learn from mistakes

superficially charming
4 types of threats
direct threat

indirect threat

veiled threat

conditional threat
3 steps of fire setters
fire interest

fire experimentation

fire setting
behavior with the intention to harm another individual or group of individuals physically or psychologically
physical force with the intention of injuring, abusing, or destroying
1st degree murder
premeditated, deliberate killing
2nd degree murder
murder with intent, but without premeditation
involuntary manslaughter
killing of another human being, no guard, no design
voluntary manslaughter
crime of passion
killing of human without malice or afterthought
negligent homicide
neglect is the cause of death
serial murder
individual kills at least 3 people over a period of time, cooling off period
spree murder
killing of 3 or more without cool off, two or more locations
mass murder
killing of 3 or more at a single location:

family, classic
hate crime
killing committed due to motivation by hate for a race, gender, religion
intimate homicide
murder of a spouse or domestic partner
4 types of violent crime

forcible rape

robbery (not burglary)

aggravated assault
2 main types of violence
instrumental- to get something

reactive- hostile reaction to threat
4 causes of violent behavior
biological- brain damage

cognitive- how person thinks

situational-due to enviornment

socialization- learned
4 types of multiple murders


mass murder- classic

mass murder- family
4 types of mass murder
family annihilators

pseudo commanders

set and run killers

discipline murder
discipline murder
kill to gain acceptance from leader
set and run killers
use bombing or poison to allow own escape
pseudo commanders
bring too many weapons
family annihilators
kill entire family
4 serial killer typologies

mission oriented


power control
serial killer: visionary
driven by delusions or hallucinations that compel him or her to kill
serial killer: mission oriented
there is a particular group of people who are considered undesirable and must be destroyed
serial killer: hedonistic
strives for pleasure and thrills, people are objects for enjoyment
serial killer: power control
preys on weak, satisfaction from the absolute life or death control over victim
5 types of stalkers
intimacy seeking




stalker: intimacy seeking
socially isolated, lonely, socially inept
stalker: rejected stalkers
largest group, predominately ex partners
stalker: incompetent
previous stalkers, victims are attractive potential partners but not infatuated with them
stalker: resentful
motives are to frighten victim
very paranoid, delusional
stalker: predatory
small group, sexually violent
takes pleasure in the sense of power by stalking and sexual assult