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Missing Persons

A handbook of research


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Missing Persons
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A missing person is an individual whose whereabouts are unknown and where there is some concern for his or her wellbeing. In the UK, around 250,000 people are reported missing every year, with the majority being children under the age of 18. Despite the fact that missing persons are a social phenomenon which encompasses vast areas of interest, relatively little is known about those who go missing, what happens to them while they are missing, and what can be done to prevent these incidents from occurring. This groundbreaking book brings together for the first time ideas and expertise across this vast subject area into one interconnected publication. It explores the subjects of missing children, missing adults, the investigative process of missing person cases, and the families of missing persons. Those with no prior knowledge or professionals with focused knowledge in some areas will be able to expand their understanding of a variety of topics relevant to this field through detailed chapters which advance our understanding of this complex phenomenon, discuss what is unknown, and suggest the best and most important steps forward to further advance our knowledge.

Author Biography

Karen Shalev Greene is the founder and Director of the Centre of the Study of Missing Persons at the University of Portsmouth. Her research focuses on missing persons and she collaborates with academics, law enforcement agencies and NGOs across the UK and internationally. Llian Alys is a British Psychological Society Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow, a Full Associate of the International Academy for Investigative Psychology and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She currently works as a Research Psychologist providing consultancy on defence and security issues. She has previous experience in academia (as a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire) and in law enforcement (as Research and Policy Officer in the UK Missing Persons Bureau and Crime Analyst in the Serious Crime Analysis Section, both now part of the National Crime Agency).
Release date Australia
January 24th, 2018
Edited by Karen Shalev Greene Edited by Llian Alys
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
12 Line drawings, black and white; 5 Halftones, black and white; 6 Tables, black and white; 17 Illustrations, black and white
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