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

Donna Youngs

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A quarter of a century ago the FBI drew attention to what investigators have long known: Deductions about the likely perpetrator can be drawn from a consideration, in detail, of the crime itself (Douglas et al., 1986). Although thrown into high relief much earlier in the writings of Arthur Conan Doyle, the FBI drew particular attention to this process and gave it the label ‘Offender Profiling’. Coming from a scientifically grounded psychological perspective, David Canter saw that the process being alluded to was a rather more profound one and, as a first step in unpacking this, tried to specify the central question that was being implied by the profiling process. This led him to the assertion that the relationship between actions and characteristics was one that, in mathematical terms, should be represented as a canonical form (Canter, 1993).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychology and Law
Subtitle of host publicationBridging the Gap
EditorsDavid Canter, Rita Žukauskiene
PublisherAshgate Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781351907880, 9781315245713
ISBN (Print)9780754626565, 9780754626602
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2008

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NamePsychology, Crime and Law

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