Forensic Psychology

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Forensic psychology is the study of psychology and criminal justice because they have to be able to study the mind of a human and also know the laws so they can testify in a court. Forensic Psychology started back in 1879 by Wilhelm Wundt who was called the “father of psychology” when he started his lab in Germany. After World War II forensic psychology started growing in the United States, since then forensic psychology has grown over the years by other experts. Nowadays people have been more interested in forensic psychology since there have been shows such as Criminal Minds, and people basically see it everywhere. In 2001, forensic psychology was known as a specialization in psychology. In forensic psychology memories can be used as “brain…show more content…
Christopher Cronin defines it in his book Forensic Psychology as “The application of clinical specialties to legal institutions and people who come into contact with the law” (Cronin 5), which focuses more on the clinic part such as assessment, treatment, evaluation to the forensic field. It is required to have training in law and psychology, there are also important skills that a forensic psychologist must have such as clinical assessment interviewing, report writing, strong verbal communication skills, and case presentation. This field includes research studies, assessments, investigation, and consultation. All forensic psychologist must have a Ph.D. or a PsyD degree and understanding of philosophy, rules and the standards of the judicial system. They can testify in a court and decide if the defendant is insane and if they are capable of being capable to stand in a trial. Psychology plays a big part in this field since they have to deal with criminals and see how their minds work and what made people do the…show more content…
No human is born evil, but through the years an individual could be influenced and become violent. If there is negativity in the family, poor parenting skills, abuse or conflict in a home it could impact a child into a criminal behavior. Researchers say that family relations are not the major reason why a person becomes a criminal. “Researchers for the Southwest Journal of Criminal Justice reviewed hundreds of studies on family relations and their influences on criminal behavior and found that family factors might play a role in influencing someone’s criminal behavior, but they are not the major reasons why someone becomes a criminal” (Regis University 22). There have to be other factors for a person to become a criminal and there a lot of kids that were raised with a negative family and they do not have any criminal behaviors. Mental illness does not cause a person to become a criminal. Some do not treat their illness and this causes harm to themselves but once they are put into treatment those harmful behavior decreases. Peer pressure influences criminal behavior because of the group of friends an individual might have. “The Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology (JACP) in 2009 reported that there is enough research to support the theory that peer pressure has a negative influence on deviant behavior in children” (Regis University 44). Socioeconomic is one of the roles that plays in a criminal behavior. Kids that

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