Contemporary Challenges in Investigative Psychology: Revisiting the Canter Offender Profiling Equations

Donna Youngs, Elizabeth Spruin

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The following is an updated version of a chapter first published by me (Youngs, 2008) in Psychology and Law: Bridging the Gap (Canter and Zikauskienne, 2008). It specifies some of the conceptual challenges that arise in developing investigative inferences: a) Criminal Pertinence, b) Contingency Destabilisation, c) Criminal Salience, d) Integrative Modelling, e) Inferential Fluency, and f) the Canonical Form of the A-C relationship. This analysis builds on David Canter’s early modelling of the ‘profiling’ problem as the establishment of the Actions-Characteristics equations (Canter, 1993). I’m grateful to Liz Spruin for all her help in updating the references from my original chapter for this volume.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Behavioural Analysis of Crime
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in David Canter's Investigative Psychology
EditorsDonna Youngs
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781315568911
ISBN (Print)9780754626220, 9780754626282
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2013

Publication series

NamePsychology, Crime and Law

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