Dr Cupchik's first book, WHY HONEST PEOPLE SHOPLIFT OR COMMIT OTHER ACTS OF THEFT was first published in 1997, greatly elaborating upon his 1983 article, Shoplifting: An Occasional Crime Of The Moral Majority, published in the prestigious, peer-reviewed professional journal, the Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. The book was revised in 2002, and like the most recent book described above, is available in both paperback and ebook versions from your favorite online bookstore.
This first book summarizes the findings of Dr Cupchik's first two studies in 1983 and 1996, and together with his latest book may be considered Volumes I and II. Both books describe assessment and treatment approaches that Dr Cupchik has developed over the past 40 years.
WHY USUALLY HONEST PEOPLE STEAL, published in 2013, contains a great deal of new and important information about why normally ethical and honest persons offend against their own moral code, and risk so much in terms of their personal, social and working/professional lives, by shoplifting and/or committing other seemingly nonsensical or bizarre acts of theft.
The book also provides the latest versions of the Theft Offender Spectrum, a 33-item questionnaire that offers an excellent first estimate of to what extent the individual may be considered an 'Atypical Theft Offender' (ATO) rather than a so-called 'common thief'. The 20-session Skype-based Intensive Intervention Program that Dr Cupchik still personally conducts with selected ATO clients is also described in some detail.
As well, the fascinating major findings of his latest study of some 30 clients (including 3 experienced physicians, 3 senior nurses, a pharmacist, 4 teachers and 6 homemakers) are summarized in such ways as to help both laypersons and professionals better understand and deal with this phenomenon.
BRIEF DESCRIPTIONS OF DR CUPCHIK'S TWO OUTSTANDING BOOKS