Why theory matters in correctional psychology

  title={Why theory matters in correctional psychology},
  author={T. Ward},
  journal={Forensische Psychiatrie, Psychologie, Kriminologie},
  • T. Ward
  • Published 2020
  • Psychology
  • Forensische Psychiatrie, Psychologie, Kriminologie
Contemporary forensic psychology is characterized by a relative lack of attention to theory building and conceptual analysis. In my view, this neglect of theory amounts to theoretical illiteracy and represents a significant obstacle to the explanation of crime and its management. In this paper I explore the problem of theoretical illiteracy for forensic psychological research and practice. First, I discuss why theory is important in science and the dangers of ignoring it. Second, I review the… Expand
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