Is there a genetic predisposition to crime? Should mental illness be taken into account? Do family and social environments have a role? Do people become abusers because they have been abused? How can people who do terrible things consider themselves good people? What should someone involved in a relationship with a criminal know? Stanton Samenow, co-author of the widely respected three-volume study of The Criminal Personality, has collected the questions posed by audiences during his speaking engagements of the past twenty-eight years about causes, characteristics, and treatments of antisocial behavior. Now he draws on his research and clinical experience with hundreds of men, women, and children to offer no-frills answers that embody his informed perspectives on some of the toughest policy issues facing individuals, institutions, and governments today.
Publisher: Jason Aronson Inc. Publishers
Number of pages: 348
Weight: 526 g
Dimensions: 230 x 153 x 25 mm
Dr. Samenow knows more about the criminal personality than anyone I know. The 'straight talk about criminals' he gives us, after spending more than twenty-seven years interviewing, evaluating, and treating men, women, and children convicted of a variety of crimes, is a must-read for anyone working with convicted felons as well as for the lay person with questions about the criminal personality and how it got to be that way. -- John Douglas, Ed.D., former chief, FBI Investigative Support Unit
Stanton Samenow drives home with unprecedented power the revolutionary discovery of his clinical experience-namely, that to treat the antisocial individual we must understand the self-serving distortions of the criminal mind. Only recently has cognitive-behavioral research caught up with and confirmed Samenow's discovery, which is lucidly articulated and expanded through a straightforward question-and-answer format. Straight Talk About Criminals should be required reading for anyone who would work with chronic offenders. -- John C. Gibbs, Ph.D., Ohio State University