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Profilering som datakälla för bedömning av seriemördares rationella val
Mittuniversitetet, Fakulteten för humanvetenskap, Avdelningen för samhällsvetenskap.
Mittuniversitetet, Fakulteten för humanvetenskap, Avdelningen för samhällsvetenskap.
2014 (Svenska)Självständigt arbete på grundnivå (högskoleexamen), 5 poäng / 7,5 hpStudentuppsats (Examensarbete)
Abstract [en]

Objective: In the United States there is about 30-40 active serial killers, at all times. To help the police with the investigation of the crimes of a serial killer there is a method called profiling. The purpose of this study was to find out what kind of information that could be retrieved from profiling. The second aim of this study was to apply the rational choice theory to that information in order to determine whether serial killers make rational choices. Method: A systematic search with inclusion- and exclusion criteria was conducted in PsychInfo and SAGE Premier and resulted in eight articles; all of them based on retrospective data. The articles were examined, e.g. based on their ethics, definition of serial killers, together with information sources, and were found to be of moderate to high quality. Results: Serial killers have some element of organisation to their killings, the victims are often female and the bodies of the victims are often found within 10 km of the offenders' residence. Some of the articles lacked an appropriate definition of the term serial killer that might include other types of murderers, therefore generalization of this study demands precaution. Conclusion: The information's retrieved in this study support that serial killers make rational choices regarding choice of victim, location and modus operandi. However, profiling as a method today lacks validity, hence further research to establish the validity is suggested.

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2014. , s. 17
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-21982Lokalt ID: KR-V14-G2-004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-21982DiVA, id: diva2:720163
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Kriminologi KR1
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Kriminologprogram SKRIG 180 hp
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2014-03-28

Tillgänglig från: 2014-05-28 Skapad: 2014-05-28 Senast uppdaterad: 2014-05-28Bibliografiskt granskad

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