Handbook of Psychopathy / Edition 1

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Overview

With contributions from foremost experts, this authoritative handbook provides a state-of-the-science review of current knowledge on the psychopathic personality. Coverage includes major theoretical models; conceptual and definitional questions; assessment approaches; and etiological pathways, ranging from family and environmental factors to genes, neurotransmitters, and brain systems. Manifestations of psychopathy in specific populations are addressed, as are links to salient problem behaviors such as aggression, substance abuse, sexual offending, and recidivism. Clinical and legal issues are also examined in depth. Seamlessly edited, each major thematic section concludes with a summary chapter that integrates the findings presented and highlights key questions for future research.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Patrick has assembled a remarkably diverse group of cutting-edge scholars to explore in depth the etiology, assessment, and treatment of psychopathy. Clinically astute and scientifically rock-solid, the Handbook of Psychopathy is the single indispensable volume for researchers, practitioners, and students on what may be the most important forensic concept of the early 21st century."—John Monahan, PhD, University of Virginia School of Law

"Patrick’s masterful volume on psychopathy brings additional sophistication to this important and developing topic. Special strengths of the Handbook include its exceptional coverage of etiology and its applications to critical subpopulations. It documents the pressing need for more specialized interventions that target individual facets of psychopathy in forensic and nonforensic populations."—Richard Rogers, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of North Texas

"The last two decades have seen a massive growth in biological, psychological, clinical, and epidemiological research on psychopathy. This authoritative, scholarly handbook, edited by one of the leaders in the field, brings together contemporary theoretical concepts and empirical research findings, and does so in an admirable fashion. The impressive range of authors includes senior figures and some of the best of the rising generation of younger researchers. There is no better source of current knowledge on all aspects of psychopathy, as well as on the research challenges that remain and the paradoxes still to be resolved."—Sir Michael Rutter, MD, FRS, FRCPsych, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK

"This is an outstanding volume that provides the most comprehensive account of psychopathy currently available. The editor has selected a first-rate panel of contributors to provide in-depth coverage of all that is known about the nature, origins, and treatment of psychopathy. The result is an indispensable resource for all serious students of personality disorder, whether in the mental health or forensic fields."—W. John Livesley, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Canada

"I was thrilled to adopt this text for my graduate course on the psychology of criminal behavior. I loved the book and have been really pleased with the classroom outcomes and student evaluations of the book. Very few texts are able to provide such broad and timely coverage of a topic as polarizing as psychopathy. The collection of experts is impressive, their work is incisive, and the contribution to the field is immense. I recommend this definitive text to educators without reservation."—Kim A. Gorgens, PhD, Graduate School of Professional Psychology, University of Denver

Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
"A thorough and comprehensive compilation of the findings of research on psychopathy that have emerged after the recent 20- to 25-year burst of work on the topic....The forensic mental health practitioner now has a compendium of the current state of the science of psychopathy."—Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
American Reference Books Annual
"Addressing the realm of the psychopath with particular attention to scope, comprehensiveness, and currency, the Handbook of Psychopathy will appeal to a variety of researchers, clinicians, and professionals in the fields of neuroscience, criminology and law, mental health and psychology, and many other related professions. With an integrated approach that is useful in both applied and academic settings....This book is recommended mainly for academic and law libraries as well as individual professionals in a variety of fields."—American Reference Books Annual
Criminal Justice and Behavior
"A scholarly, exhaustive examination of psychopathy....It is difficult not to admire the enormous effort expended unraveling the mysteries of the psychopath and his ways in Handbook of Psychopath....This work provides instructive views of the Western world's leading experts. Today the Handbook stands as an authoritative reference....Extraordinary breath....There are valuable insights for all who research, study, evaluate, and manage these men and women so reviled by society"—Criminal Justice and Behavior
PsycCRITIQUES
"Does an extremely good job of helping us understand the many faces and facets of psychopathy....It highlights the issues and focuses on the evidence without prejudice. The book reads well. This is due to its intelligent structure....The various contributors, very refreshingly, make a point of linking their thinking on psychopathy with the various personality theories that exist."—PsycCRITIQUES
Psychiatric Services
"The book sets the direction for psychopathy research and informs both researchers and clinicians how to best utilize existing knowledge....Brings several of the foremost researchers in the field together and presents state-of-the-art research....Successfully transcends differences in the field and is replete with up-to-date information. The handbook is comprehensive, well written, and informative."—Psychiatric Services
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593855918
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 651
  • Sales rank: 697,378
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher J. Patrick, PhD, is Starke R. Hathaway Distinguished Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. He has published extensively in the areas of psychopathy, antisocial behavior, and substance use and abuse. Dr. Patrick's other research interests include emotion, personality, psychophysiology, and cognitive neuroscience. He is the recipient of Distinguished Early Career Contribution awards from the American Psychological Association (1995) and the Society for Psychophysiological Research (1993). He is currently a consulting editor for Psychological Assessment and for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, as well as a former associate editor of Psychophysiology.

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Table of Contents

I. Theoretical and Empirical Foundations
1. Psychopathic Personality: The Scope of the Problem, David T. Lykken
2. A Dual-Deficit Model of Psychopathy, Don C. Fowles and Lilian Dindo
3. Other Theoretical Models of Psychopathy, Ronald Blackburn
4. The PCL-R Assessment of Psychopathy: Development, Structural Properties, and New Directions, Robert D. Hare and Craig S. Neumann
II. Issues in Conceptualization and Assessment
5. Facets of Clinical Psychopathy: Toward Clearer Measurement, David J. Cooke, Christine Michie, and Stephen D. Hart
6. The Self-Report Assessment of Psychopathy: Problems, Pitfalls, and Promises, Scott O. Lilienfeld and Katherine A. Fowler
7. Psychopathy and Personality, Donald R. Lynam and Karen J. Derefinko
8. Psychopathy and DSM-IV Psychopathology, Thomas A. Widiger
9. Disaggregating Psychopathy: Where and How to Look for Subtypes, Norman G. Poythress and Jennifer L. Skeem
10. Perspectives on the Conceptualization of Psychopathy: Toward an Integration, Robert F. Krueger
III. Etiological Mechanisms
11. Genetic and Environmental Influences on Psychopathy and Antisocial Behavior, Irwin D. Waldman and Soo Hyun Rhee
12. Family Background and Psychopathy, David P. Farrington
13. Neurochemistry and Pharmacology of Psychopathy and Related Disorders, Michael J. Minzenberg and Larry J. Siever
14. The Neuroanatomical Bases of Psychopathy: A Review of Brain Imaging Findings, Adrian Raine and Yaling Yang
15. Subcortical Brain Systems in Psychopathy: The Amygdala and Associated Structures, R. J. R. Blair
16. The Functional Architecture of the Frontal Lobes: Implications for Research with Psychopathic Offenders, Robert D. Rogers
17. Understanding Psychopathy: The Cognitive Side, Kristina D. Hiatt and Joseph P. Newman
18. Psychopathy and Developmental Pathways to Antisocial Behavior in Youth, Paul J. Frick and Monica A. Marsee
19. Toward an Integrated Perspective on the Etiology of Psychopathy, Angus W. MacDonald III and William G. Iacono
IV. Psychopathy in Specific Subpopulations
20. Psychopathy in Children and Adolescents, Randall T. Salekin
21. Psychopathy in Women: Assessment, Manifestations, and Etiology, Edelyn Verona and Jennifer Vitale
22. Ethnic and Cultural Variations in Psychopathy, Elizabeth A. Sullivan and David S. Kosson
23. The "Successful" Psychopath: Adaptive and Subclinical Manifestations of Psychopathy in the General Population, Jason R. Hall and Stephen D. Benning
V. Clinical and Applied Issues
24. Psychopathy and Aggression, Stephen Porter and Michael Woodworth
25. Psychopathy and Substance Use Disorders, Jeanette Taylor and Alan R. Lang
26. The Role of Psychopathy in Sexual Coercion against Women, Raymond A. Knight and Jean-Pierre Guay
27. Risk for Criminal Recidivism: The Role of Psychopathy, Kevin S. Douglas, Gina M. Vincent, and John F. Edens
28. Treatment of Psychopathy: A Review of Empirical Findings, Grant T. Harris and Marnie E. Rice
29. Legal and Ethical Issues in the Assessment and Treatment of Psychopathy, John F. Edens and John Petrila
30. Toward the Future: Translating Basic Research into Prevention and Treatment Strategies, Michael C. Seto and Vernon L. Quinsey
IV. Conclusions and Future Directions
31. Back to the Future: Cleckley as a Guide to the Next Generation of Psychopathy Research, Christopher J. Patrick
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