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Dr David W Jones

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer in Psychology
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • Psychology
  • david.jones

Professional biography

I joined the Open University in March 2017. I had previously been Head of Psychosocial Studies at the University of East London.

I have a broad interest in the development of psychosocial thinking for the insight it gives to understanding the relationship of the individual to the wider social group, My particular interests have been in understanding when that relationship appears to be problematic - notably, for example in the contexts of mental health issues and in terms of criminality.

The interest in the diagnosis of personality disorder, used in forensic settings led to the publication of Disordered Personalities and Crime: An Historical Analysis of Moral Insanity. (Routledge 2016).
 

I am on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Psychosocial Studiesand I am a founding member and Treasurer of the Association for Psychosocial Studies.

Research interests

I have carried out research in the field psychiatry publishing a study of the impact of serious mental illness on families as Myths Madness and the Family (Palgrave 2002).  The interest in understanding contemporary family relationships was carried through to work on an ESRC project based at the Open University on 'step-families' and older people. 

My main interest in the past 15 years or so has been using psychosocial perspectives to understand criminal behaviour.  The interest in developing a psychosocial criminology  led to the publication of Understanding Criminal Behaviour: Psychosocial Approaches to Criminality (Willan/Routledge 2008).  More recently I have been focusing attention and carrying out research on the borderline between issues of mental heath and offending - most particularly the issue of 'personality disorder'.  

I have published 'Disordered Personalities and Crime: An analysis of the history of moral insanity' (Routledge 2016), that examines the 200 year old history of the various diagnoses of moral insanity, psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder.

 

I have been awarded an ESRC grant to carry forward cross disciplinary research on this issue and a British Academy Grant to examine the historical emergence of linkages between 'psychiatric' thought and theories of delinquency.

Publications

Moral insanity and psychological disorder: the hybrid roots of psychiatry (2017)
Jones, David W.
History of Psychiatry ((Early Access))
Putting the Psyche into ‘Cultural Criminology’: A psychosocial understanding of looting, masculinity, shame and violence (2013-11)
Jones, David W.
The Journal of Psychosocial Studies, 7(1) (pp. 6-30)
Bubbles and Bees: Historical Exploration of Psychosocial Thinking (2011-01)
Jones, David
The Journal of Psycho-Social Studies, 5(1) (pp. 102-125)
Families and Serious Mental Illness: Working with Loss and Ambivalence (2004-10-01)
Jones, David W.
British Journal of Social Work, 34(7) (pp. 961-979)
Shame and Loss: narrative and identity in families with a member suffering from mental illness (2003)
Jones, David W.
International Journal of Critical Psychology, 10 (pp. 69-93)
Madness, the family and psychiatry (2002-05-01)
Jones, David W.
Critical Social Policy, 22(2) (pp. 247-272)
Stepfamilies and older people: evaluating the implications of family change for an ageing population (1999-03)
Bornat, Joanna; Dimmock, Brian; Jones, David and Peace, Sheila
Ageing and Society, 19(2) (pp. 239-410)
Distressing Histories and Unhappy Interviewing (1998)
Jones, David W.
Oral History Journal, 26(2) (pp. 49-56)
The TAPS Project. 6: New Long-Stay Psychiatric Patients and Social Deprivation (1992-11-01)
Thornicroft, Graham; Margolius, Olga and Jones, David
British Journal of Psychiatry, 161(5) (pp. 621-624)
Disordered Personalities and Crime: An analysis of the history of moral insanity (2016)
Jones, David
ISBN : 978-0-415-50217-7 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Understanding Criminal Behaviour: Psychosocial Approaches to Criminality (2008)
Jones, David W
ISBN : 978-1843923039 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Myths, Madness and the Family: The Impact of Mental Illness on Families (2002)
Jones, David W.
ISBN : 9780333776186 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : Basingstoke
Psychosocial Perspectives: Men, Madness and Violence (2012-06-12)
Jones, David W.
In: Hall, Steve and Winlow, Simon eds. New Directions in Criminological Theory (pp. 183-198)
ISBN : 9781843929130 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Conclusions: Psychosocial Studies – A Therapeutic Project? (2009-10-01)
Richards, Barry; Jones, David W.; Yates, Candida; Price, Heather and Day Sclater, Shelley
In: Day Sclater, Shelley; Jones, David W.; Price, Heather and Yates, Candida eds. Emotion: New Psychosocial Perspectives (pp. 242-254)
ISBN : 9780230216853 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : Houndmills
A Psychosocial Understanding of Personality Disorder: the historical problem of Moral Insanity (2009-09)
Jones, David W.
In: Day-Sclater, S.; Jones, D. W; Price, H. and Yates, C. eds. Emotion: New Psychosocial Perspectives (pp. 212-226)
ISBN : 9780230245136 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
Introducing Psychosocial Studies of Emotion (2009)
Day Sclater, Shelley; Yates, Candida; Price, Heather and Jones, David W.
In: Day Sclater, Shelley; Jones, David W.; Price, Heather and Yates, Candida eds. Emotion: New Psychosocial Perspectives (pp. 1-16)
ISBN : 9780230216853 | Publisher : Palgrave | Published : Houndmills
Emotion: New Psychosocial Perspectives (2009)
Day Sclater, Shelley; Jones, David W; Price, Heather and Yates, Candida eds.
ISBN : 978-0-230-21685-3 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan UK | Published : Basingstoke
Psychopathy and the Media (2017-04-26)
Jones, David W.
Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Criminology, Oxford University Press, New York.

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