Understanding Human Behavior for Effective Police Work

By Harold E. Russell; Allan Beigel | Go to book overview

Preface

A REVIEW of the police and criminal justice literature reveals that our text, Understanding Human Behavior for Effective Police Work, still has a unique position in this field. Its objective continues to be the presentation of comprehensive, up-to-date information for the police officer about human behavior -- which is still the main focus of his job.

The first edition was published in 1976, when the new specialty of police psychology was yet to be officially born. The second edition in 1982 recognized that the concept of understanding human behavior as an important component of professional police work had continued to grow. Requests from readers to provide an updated edition has encouraged us to respond positively -- hence this third edition.

Many chapters have required significant revisions and additions because of new. knowledge. For example, the chapter on "aberrant sexual behavior" highlights new knowledge about the serial rapist gained from the research of the newly created national Center for the Study of Violent Crime. New information is also presented on the motivation of murderers who choose celebrities as their victims. Psychological profiles of such cases provide an important investigative component.

The chapter on "riot/crowd control" now includes a section on the management of friendly crowds (i.e. found at campus events, concerts, student demonstrations, etc.). This subject has received little, if any, attention from police academy trainers.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Part I Introduction 1
  • Chapter 1 the Changing Role of the Police Officer 3
  • Summary 11
  • Chapter 2 Foundations of a Professional Attitude Toward Human Behavior 13
  • Summary 17
  • Bibliography 17
  • Part II the Origins and Complexities of Human Behavior 19
  • Chapter 3 Normal Personality Development 21
  • Summary 28
  • Bibliography 29
  • Chapter 4 the Normal Personality in Operation: Conflicts and the Mechanisms of Defense 30
  • Summary 41
  • Bibliography 42
  • Chapter 5 Abnormal Behavior: What It is and What to Do 43
  • Summary 56
  • Bibliography 56
  • Part III Understanding Mental Illness 59
  • Chapter 6 Personality Disorders 61
  • Summary 68
  • Bibliography 68
  • Chapter 7 Neurotic Disorders 70
  • Summary 91
  • Bibliography 91
  • Chapter 8 Psychotic Disorders 93
  • Summary 107
  • Bibliography 108
  • Part IV Assessing and Managing Abnormal Behavior in the Field 111
  • Chapter 9 Psychopathic Behavior 113
  • Summary 129
  • Bibliography 130
  • Chapter 10 Aberrant Sexual Behavior 153
  • Bibliography 154
  • Chapter 11 Delinquent Behavior 157
  • Summary 164
  • Bibliography 164
  • Chapter 12 Drug-Dependent Behavior 165
  • Summary 181
  • Bibliography 181
  • Chapter 13 Paranoid Behavior 184
  • Summary 191
  • Bibliography 191
  • Chapter 14 Violent Behavior 193
  • Summary 220
  • Bibliography 221
  • Chapter 15 Suicidal Behavior 225
  • Summary 250
  • Bibliography 250
  • Part V Behavioral Aspects of Crisis Situations 253
  • Chapter 16 Behavioral Aspects of Disasters 255
  • Summary 267
  • Bibliography 268
  • Chapter 17 Behavioral Aspects of Crowd and Riot Control 288
  • Bibliography 289
  • Chapter 18 Behavioral Aspects of Hostage Situations 290
  • Summary 317
  • Bibliography 318
  • Chapter 19 Behavioral Aspects of Conflict Situations 319
  • Summary 326
  • Bibliography 326
  • Chapter 20 Behavioral Aspects of Crisis Intervention with Victims 327
  • Summary 339
  • Bibliography 339
  • Part VI the Stresses of Police Work 341
  • Chapter 21 Job-Related Stress 343
  • Summary 363
  • Bibliography 364
  • Chapter 22 Special Stress Situations 366
  • Summary 393
  • Bibliography 394
  • Chapter 23 the Brotherhood of Biochemistry: Its Implications for a Police Career 416
  • Part VII Conclusion 417
  • Chapter 24 the Role of the Mental Health Professional in Police Work 419
  • Summary 434
  • Bibliography 436
  • Index 437
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