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Journal of Criminal Psychology

ISSN: 2009-3829

Article publication date: 15 March 2013



Daniel, Gary, Mark and Philip (2013), "Editorial", Journal of Criminal Psychology, Vol. 3 No. 1. https://doi.org/10.1108/jcp.2013.58303aaa.001



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Article Type: Editorial From: Journal of Criminal Psychology, Volume 3, Issue 1

It gives us enormous pleasure to introduce you to Volume 3, Issue 1 of the Journal of Criminal Psychology. With this issue we continue our commitment to present a broad range of high quality research from the field of criminal psychology that we hope will be of interest to anybody working in this area. In order to achieve this objective, this issue follows our traditional format of presenting research work from a variety of methodological perspectives including sophisticated quantitative research methodologies, along with qualitative and theoretical research designs.

The current issue includes two fascinating and thought-provoking theoretical papers which present, first, the nature of healthcare serial killers and how their motivations can be understood within currently understood models of serial homicide, and second, a discussion of various risk assessment issues which relate to juvenile fire setters in both clinical and forensic settings. An extremely interesting insight into the psychological nature of a little-known Victorian female serial-killer, Mary Ann Cotton, is presented in a qualitative case study. Finally, three original and highly illuminating quantitative research papers are included dealing with diverse topics including an exploration of the impact of negative meta-stereotypes on adolescent delinquency; an investigation of the psychological profile of homicidal and non-homicidal violent female offenders in secure psychiatric care settings; and a study which explores how personality traits can moderate the impact of criminal cognitions on criminal behaviour among non-violent recidivistic male prisoners.

As always we must extend our sincerest thanks to all the excellent researchers who contributed their work to our journal, and especially to our committed reviewers who gave freely of their time and expertise, and without which it would be impossible to produce this issue. The Journal of Criminal Psychology is now entering its third year in existence and our excitement and passion for our work continues to grow along with the quality of the journal. We invite you to sample what our journal has to offer in this issue with confidence that you will find much to enjoy! It is our hope that the work presented herein will inspire future work and continue to grow the field of criminal psychology.

Until next time,

Daniel, Gary, Mark and Philip

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