Flashcards in Psychological Profiling of Serial Arson Offenses Deck (9)
What was the general aim of the study?
comparing accuracy of professional profilers with control and other groups in constructing profiles of serial arsonists
In order of accuracy, list groups
1) Professional profilers 2) Science students 3) Senior detectives & fire investigators - no better than control
What was deemed as the key factor in creating accurate profiles?
objective and logical analysis
What did Hazelwood et al. hypothesise as being requisite skills for profiling?
1) experience in investigation of crime 2) some understanding of human behaviour/motivation 3) capacity for logical and objective reasoning 4) intuition
Which group did the 2000 study find to be the most accurate?
The professional profilers - followed by the science students and psychologists
How accurate did the 2000 study find the psychic group to be?
no more accurate than control
Which group did the 2002 follow up study find to be the most accurate?
The science students
What was the strange relationship found in the 2002 study?
Negative relationship between investigative experience and accuracy of profiling. The higher degree of experience, less accurate