The Second Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology provides comprehensive coverage of the qualitative methods, strategies, and research issues in psychology. Qualitative research in psychology has been transformed since the first edition's publication. Responding to this evolving field, existing chapters have been updated while three new chapters have been added on Thematic Analysis, Interpretation, and Netnography. With a focus on methodological progress throughout, the chapters are organised into three sections: Section One: Methods Section Two: Perspectives and Techniques Section Three: Applications In the field of psychology and beyond, this handbook will constitute a valuable resource for both experienced qualitative researchers and novices for many years to come.
Chapter 31: Forensic Psychology
History of Forensic Psychology in the UK
Since the previous edition of this book there have been many major changes in this area, some of which have impacted on the use of qualitative research methods. Forensic psychology in recent years has proved to be an increasingly popular topic as demonstrated by the growth of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the area. To some extent its popularity has been boosted by its portrayal in many popular fictional shows in the mass media, leading to the somewhat erroneous image of being particularly associated with solving crimes and acting as an expert witness in court cases.
The term ‘forensic psychology’ is, however, much wider than this, and is now more accepted ...