Category Archives: Journals and journal articles

Exploring homicide in an international context

Sage Publications has made the latest issue of Homicide Studies freely available for a limited time. It’s a special issue on homicide in an international context. The press release explains:

From cross-national to country-specific empirical analyses and exploratory studies, the special issue, guest edited by Indiana University’s William Alex Pridemore, examines homicide from diverse global, gender, age, and cultural directions, looking at such wide-ranging concepts as:

  • The association between alcohol consumption and homicide rates in Europe
  • How economic inequality affects homicide rates in 14 developed democracies
  • Cross-national infanticide
  • Homicide in Finland (which has a higher rate than most European countries)
  • Neighborhood-levels factors associated with homicide in the Netherlands
  • The fall of communism and how it affected homicide rates
  • Explanations of the difference in homicide clearance rates in Japan and the United States
  • Japan’s drop in homicides following World War II

Access the articles via the Sage website here.

Three articles of forensic interest in Personality and Individual Differences

Three articles of forensic interest in the March 2008 issue of Personality and Individual Differences 44(4):

Social influences and the effects of misinformation

Two articles of forensic interest in the Feb 2008 issue of Acta Psychologica, both dealing with the effects of misinformation:

Kevin Allan and Fiona Gabbert (2008). I still think it was a banana: Memorable ‘lies’ and forgettable ‘truths’ Acta Psychologica 127(2):299-308

Interpersonal influences on cognition can distort memory judgements. Two experiments examined the nature of these ‘social’ influences, and whether their persistence is independent of their accuracy. Experiment 1 found that a confederate’s social proximity, as well as the content and the confidence of their utterances, interactively modulates participants’ immediate conformity. Notably, errant confederate statements that ‘lied’ about encoded material had a particularly strong immediate distorting influence on memory judgements. Experiment 2 revealed that these ‘lies’ were also memorable, continuing a day later to impair memory accuracy, while accurate confederate statements failed to produce a corresponding and lasting beneficial effect on memory. These findings suggest that an individual’s ‘informational’ social influence can be selectively heightened when they express misinformation to someone who suspects no deceptive intent. The methods newly introduced here thus allow multiple social and cognitive factors impinging on memory accuracy to be manipulated and examined during realistic, precisely controlled dyadic social interactions.

Lorraine Hope, James Ost, Fiona Gabbert, Sarah Healey and Emma Lenton (2008). “With a little help from my friends…”: The role of co-witness relationship in susceptibility to misinformation. Acta Psychologica 127(2): 476-484

Inaccuracies in eyewitness accounts can occur when witnesses are exposed to post-event misinformation via discussion with a co-witness. The current study examined the role of co-witness relationship by comparing the memory performance of pairs of romantic couples, friends and previously unacquainted strangers with that of individuals. Ninety-six participants viewed an event and then discussed the witnessed event with a stranger, a romantic partner or a friend. One member of each pair saw a theft take place during the witnessed event. Individual group participants did not discuss the witnessed event with anyone. Results indicate that all co-witness dyads produced less accurate recall accounts than participants who did not interact with another witness. However, witnesses who were previously acquainted with their co-witness (either in a friendship or romantic relationship) were significantly more likely to report information obtained from their co-witness that they had not seen themselves. Prior acquaintance also led to an increased number of incorrect attributions of both guilt and innocence.

Abstracts © 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Do criminologists make news? Are there barbarians on the beach? And is the serial killer a gothic double of the serial consumer?

monstersincSome interesting articles in the latest issue of the journal Crime, Media, Culture (vol 3, issue 3), currently free to all courtesy of the latest Sage Publications promotion.

Criminologists making news? Providing factual information on crime and criminal justice through a weekly newspaper column by Martina Yvonne Feilzer (“the key finding from the research was that readership of the column was low… and that the column had no measurable impact on readers”) caught my eye, as did Barbarians on the beach: Media narratives of violence in Rio de Janeiro (“reports on crime came to constitute a neo-racist discourse centred on images of infection”) by Ben Penglase.

But the article I think I’ll read first is Brian Jarvis’s Monsters Inc.: Serial killers and consumer culture. Here’s the abstract:

Serial killing has become big business. Over the past 15 years, popular culture has been flooded by true-life crime stories, biographies, best-selling fiction, video games and television documentaries devoted to this subject. Cinema is the cultural space in which this phenomenon is perhaps most conspicuous. The Internet Movie Database ( lists over 1000 films featuring serial killers and most of the contributions to this sub-genre have been made since 1990. This article examines seminal examples of serial killer fiction and film including Thomas Harris’s Hannibal Lecter novels and their cinematic adaptations, Bret Easton Ellis and Mary Harron’s American Psycho (1991 and 2000) and David Fincher’s Se7en (1995). The main contention is that the commodification of violence in popular culture is structurally integrated with the violence of commodification itself. Starting with the rather obvious ways in which violent crime is marketed as a spectacle to be consumed, this article then attempts to uncover less transparent links between the normal desires which circulate within consumer society and monstrous violence. In `Monsters Inc.’, the serial killer is unmasked as a gothic double of the serial consumer.

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New issue: Child Abuse and Neglect 31(8)


The August 2007 issue of Child Abuse and Neglect 31(8) is now online. Follow the link to the Science Direct website for abstracts and access to full text articles.

Contents include:

  • The promise and limitations of home visiting: Implementing effective programs – Deanna S. Gomby
  • Impact of a statewide home visiting program to prevent child abuse – Anne Duggan, Debra Caldera, Kira Rodriguez, Lori Burrell, Charles Rohde and Sarah Shea Crowne
  • Impact of a statewide home visiting program on parenting and on child health and development – Debra Caldera, Lori Burrell, Kira Rodriguez, Sarah Shea Crowne, Charles Rohde and Anne Duggan
  • Psychometric evaluation and comparison of three retrospective, multi-item measures of childhood sexual abuse – Polly A. Hulme
  • Female sexual-offenders: Personality pathology as a mediator of the relationship between childhood sexual abuse history and sexual abuse perpetration against others – Kelly Christopher, Catherine J. Lutz-Zois and Amanda R. Reinhardt
  • Non-abused preschool children’s perception of an anogenital examination – Kari Gulla, Gred Eva Fenheim, Arne K. Myhre and Stian Lydersen
  • Cognitive processes associated with child neglect – Kathryn Hildyard and David Wolfe
  • Reliability of the GAF and CGAS with children exposed to trauma – Katherine Blake, Scott Cangelosi, Sonja Johnson-Brooks and Harolyn M.E. Belcher

New issues: Journal of Criminal Justice


Journal of Criminal Justice 35(4), July-August 2007 and Journal of Criminal Justice 35(5), September-October 2007 are now online. Follow the link to the publisher’s website for abstracts and access to full text articles.


Journal of Criminal Justice 35(4):

  • Predicting crime story salience: A replication – Steven Chermak and Nicole M. Chapman
  • Duration of the time to reconviction: Evidence from UK prisoner discharge data – Roger Arthur Bowles and Chrisostomos Florackis
  • Convicting and incarcerating felony offenders of intimate assault and the odds of new assault charges – John Wooldredge
  • Roles of neighborhood race and status in the middle stages of juror selection – Ralph B. Taylor, Jerry H. Ratcliffe, Lillian Dote and Brian A. Lawton
  • Race and repeats: The impact of officer performance on racially biased policing – Lisa Growette Bostaph
  • Interpersonal violent crime in Ghana: The case of assault in Accra – Joseph Appiahene-Gyamfi
  • The long-term impact of restorative justice programming for juvenile offenders – Kathleen J. Bergseth and Jeffrey A. Bouffard
  • How does reactivity affect police behavior? Describing and quantifying the impact of reactivity as behavioral change in a large-scale observational study of police – Richard Spano

Journal of Criminal Justice 35(5):

  • Differentiating among racial/ethnic groups and its implications for understanding juvenile justice decision making – Michael J. Leiber, Joseph Johnson, Kristan Fox and Robyn Lacks
  • Prisonization and accounts of gun carrying – Paul B. Stretesky, Mark Pogrebin, N. Prabha Unnithan and Gerry Venor
  • Victims’ perceptions of police response to domestic violence incidents – Ida M. Johnson
  • Considering the efficacy of situational crime prevention in schools – Lauren O’Neill and Jean Marie McGloin
  • Citizen assessment of local criminal courts: Does fairness matter? – Kevin Buckler, Francis T. Cullen and James D. Unnever
  • Investigating the impact of extended bar closing times on police stops for DUI – Leana Allen Bouffard, Lindsey Ellen Bergeron and Jeffrey A. Bouffard
  • Operationalizing risk: The influence of measurement choice on the prevalence and correlates of prison violence among incarcerated murderers – Jon R. Sorensen and Mark D. Cunningham
  • Stalking acknowledgement and reporting among college women experiencing intrusive behaviors: Implications for the emergence of a “classic stalking case” – Carol E. Jordan, Pamela Wilcox and Adam J. Pritchard
  • A note on the status of discretion in police research – Ernest L. Nickels

New issue: The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 46(4)


The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice 46(4), September 2007 is now online. Follow the link to the publisher’s website for abstracts and access to full text articles.

Contents include:

  • Evaluating the Effectiveness of Professionally-Facilitated Volunteerism in the Community-Based Management of High-Risk Sexual Offenders: Part Two – A Comparison of Recidivism Rates – ROBIN J. WILSON, JANICE E. PICHECA, MICHELLE PRINZO
  • Individual Differences in Public Opinion about Youth Crime and Justice in Swansea – KEVIN HAINES, STEPHEN CASE
  • Improving the Civil-Criminal Interface for Victims of Domestic Violence – AMANDA L. ROBINSON
  • Deciding Upon Mode of Trial – STEVEN CAMMISS
  • Policing Anti-Social Behaviour: Constraints, Dilemmas and Opportunities – SARAH HODGKINSON, NICK TILLEY
  • Youth Justice, Social Exclusion and the Demise of Social Justice – PATRICIA GRAY
  • The Judiciary as a Primary Definer on Anti-Social Behaviour Orders – JANE DONOGHUE

New issue: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology 18(4)


Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology 18(4) is now online. Follow the link to the publisher’s website for abstracts and access to full text articles.

Contents include:

  • Medical evidence for the purposes of recall to hospital under Section 42(3) of the Mental Health Act 1983 – Ikechukwu Obialo Azuonye
  • Opening communicative space: A Habermasian understanding of a user-led participatory research project – Paul Godin; Jacqueline Davies; Bob Heyman; Lisa Reynolds; Alan Simpson; Mike Floyd
  • Risk typologies of serious harm offenders managed under MAPPA: Mental health, personality disorders, and self-harm as distinguishing risk factors – Joanne Wood
  • Homicide-suicide in the Netherlands: A study of newspaper reports, 1992 – 2005 – M. C. A. Liem; F. Koenraadt
  • Forensic inpatient male sexual offenders: The impact of personality disorder and childhood sexual abuse – Manuela Dudeck; Carsten Spitzer; Malte Stopsack; Harald J. Freyberger; Sven Barnow
  • HoNOS-secure: A reliable outcome measure for users of secure and forensic mental health services – Geoff Dickens; Philip Sugarman; Lorraine Walker
  • Parental schemas in youngsters referred for antisocial behaviour problems demonstrating depressive symptoms – Leen Van Vlierberghe; Benedikte Timbremont; Caroline Braet; Barbara Basile
  • The role and scope of forensic clinical psychology in secure unit provisions: A proposed service model for psychological therapies – Gisli H. Gudjonsson; Susan Young
  • On aggression and violence: An analytic perspective – Colin Campbell

New issue: Journal of Quantitative Criminology 23(3)


The Journal of Quantitative Criminology 23(3) is now online. Follow the link to the publisher’s website for abstracts and access to full text articles.

Contents include:

  • Understanding the Role of Repeat Victims in the Production of Annual US Victimization Rates – Michael Planty, Kevin J. Strom
  • Space–Time Patterns of Risk: A Cross National Assessment of Residential Burglary Victimization – Shane D. Johnson, Wim Bernasco, Kate J. Bowers, Henk Elffers, Jerry Ratcliffe, George Rengert, Michael Townsley
  • A Capture–Recapture Model to Estimate the Size of Criminal Populations and the Risks of Detection in a Marijuana Cultivation Industry – Martin Bouchard
  • Community Variation in Crime Clearance: A Multilevel Analysis with Comments on Assessing Police Performance – Paul-Philippe Paré, Richard B. Felson, Marc Ouimet