The offender's perspective on crime: methods and principles in data collection

Claire Nee

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This chapter outlines the importance of including the offender’sperspective on his or her own behaviour in any analysis of criminal activity. In particular, it argues that research on specific types of crime, patterns of crime and interventions into offending behaviour must benefit from including this perspective. The first part of the chapter focuses on work done on residential burglary to show how fruitful this ‘grounded’ approach to research can be. It then goes on to discuss how reliant we are on self-report methodologies in this type of research and describes some general principles and recent developments that have improved the validity and reliability of crime data collected in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplying psychology to forensic practice
EditorsAdrian Needs, Graham J. Towl
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBritish Psychological Society
ISBN (Print)9781405105415
Publication statusPublished - 2004

Publication series

NameForensic practice series
PublisherBPS Blackwell


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