Criminal Behavior

Historical and Research Foundations
  • Edwin I. Megargee
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


From its very beginnings, clinical psychology has dealt with antisocial and criminal behavior. When Lightner Witmer founded the first psychology clinic at the University of Pennsylvania in 1896, “unruly and disruptive” children, who would now be labeled “delinquent,” were among the first clients. Shortly thereafter, in 1909, a psychologist, Grace Fernald, was a cofounder of the first court clinic (Reisman, 1966). This event is taken as the beginning of criminal justice or correctional psychology (Megargee, 1982b).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edwin I. Megargee
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA

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