Chapter 12. Violence

  1. David A. Crighton Deputy Chief Psychologist visiting Professor Deputy Head Consultant Psychologist past Secretary Treasurer Chief Examiner editorial board member1 and
  2. Graham J. Towl MPhil Chief Psychologist visiting Professor member Head recipient past Chair Treasurer external examiner2

Published Online: 12 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch12

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

How to Cite

Crighton, D. A. and Towl, G. J. (2008) Violence, in Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition, BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch12

Author Information

  1. 1

    Universities of Aberdeen, London, UK

  2. 2

    Universities of Durham, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160100

Online ISBN: 9781444301724



  • violence - complex and multifaceted phenomena;
  • legal offence categories - homicide, assaults, robbery and rape;
  • interpersonal violence;
  • child homicide convictions;
  • future partner-on-partner violence and behaviour of perpetrator;
  • predictors of violence;
  • neurobiological bases of violence;
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder (CD);
  • community-based interventions and multisystemic therapy (MST) use


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Interpersonal Violence

  • Predictors of Violence

  • Neurobiological Bases of Violence

  • Evidence-based Interventions

  • Summary

  • Notes