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On the need for scientific experimentation in the criminal profiling field:a reply to Dern and colleagues

Snook, Brent and Taylor, Paul J. and Gendreau, Paul and Bennell, Craig (2009) On the need for scientific experimentation in the criminal profiling field:a reply to Dern and colleagues. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 36 (10). pp. 1091-1094. ISSN 1552-3594

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Abstract

In “The Criminal Profiling Illusion: What’s Behind the Smoke and Mirrors?” (Snook, Cullen, Bennell, Taylor, & Gendreau, 2008), we questioned the evidence base for criminal profiling (CP) and offered an explanation regarding how people have been misled into thinking that it is more effective than what research suggests. In their reply, Dern, Dern, Horn, and Horn (2009 [this issue]) challenged some of our provisional conclusions and outlined a “highly complex and scientifically well-founded practice of criminal profiling” (p. 1086) known as behavioral case analysis. We are pleased to be part of a dialogue that forms the basis for collaborations that promote understanding and enhance scientific contributions to CP. Here we respond to Dern et al. by highlighting some of the areas in which discussion, collaboration, and scientific experimentation are needed.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Criminal Justice and Behavior
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Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 49928
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 21 Sep 2011 09:05
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 22:42
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/49928

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