Psychopathy: Theory, Research and Implications for Society / Edition 1

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Psychopathy is a very important concept for those working in the field of criminal justice - investigators, prosecutors, and those who have to evaluate, manage and treat offenders. In Psychopathy: Theory, Research and Implications for Society, detailed, empirically based contributions by the world's leading researchers describe the relevance of the construct to practical and policy issues, examining its relevance to such topics as treatment, risk management and recidivism. The use of the concept in a range of populations is discussed, including juveniles, children, and the mentally disordered, as well as across cultures. The major strength of the volume is that the validity of the psychopathy construct is enhanced by the extensive empirical support: contributors explore topics including the genetic, biological, affective, interpersonal and information processing models that underpin the disorder.
Audience: All those dealing with offenders - psychologists, psychiatrists, lawyers, judges, prison administrators and those who formulate policy in the criminal justice system.

Emphasizes cross-cultural conceptualizations & measurement procedures, legal issues

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Editorial Reviews

Comprises 17 papers from the November-December 1995 conference in Alvor, Portugal. According to the organizer (Robert Hare; psychology, U. of British Columbia), the conference was far more cohesive and productive than a similar one held in 1975; the field has evolved, and this conference saw discussion and consensus regarding international differences in terminology and conceptualization, and adoption of the PCL-R as the operational framework for most of the presentations. Topics include psychopathy across cultures, the phenotypic and genotypic structure of psychopathic traits, findings from a longitudinal project on biology and personality, comorbidities and biological correlates of conduct disorder, implications of interpersonal theory to psychopathy and personality disorders, and legal issues associated with the concept of psychopathy. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792349198
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 12/15/1997
  • Series: Nato Science Series D: (closed), #88
  • Edition description: 1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 428
  • Product dimensions: 1.06 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Alvor Advanced Study Institute; R.D. Hare. 2. Psychopathy Across Cultures; D.J. Cooke. 3. Psychopathy and Normal Personality; T.A. Widiger. 4. The Phenotypic and Genotypic Structure of Psychopathic Traits; W.J. Livesley. 5. Psychopathic Behavior: An Information Processing Perspective; J.P. Newman. 6. Psychopathy, Affect and Behavior; R.D. Hare. 7. Biology and Personality: Findings from a Longitudinal Project; B.A. Klinteberg. 8. Callous-Unemotional Traits and Conduct Problems: Applying the Two-Factor Model of Psychopathy to Children; P.J. Frick. 9. Comorbidities and Biological Correlates of Conduct Disorder; K. McBurnett, L. Pfiffner. 10. Psychopathy in Adolescence: Assessment, Violence, and Developmental Precursors; A.E. Forth, H.C. Burke. 11. Major Mental Disorder and Crime: An Etiological Hypothesis; S. Hodgins, et al. 12. Comorbidity of Psychopathy with Major Mental Disorders; N. Nedopil, et al. 13. Psychopathy and Personality Disorder: Implications of Interpersonal Theory; R. Blackburn. 14. Treatment and Management of Psychopaths; F. Lösel. 15. Psychopathy and Risk for Violence; S.D. Hart. 16. Psychopathy and Crime: Recidivism and Criminal Careers; J.F. Hemphill, et al. 17. Legal Issues Associated with the Concept of Psychopathy; J.P. Ogloff, D.R. Lyon. Index. List of Contributors.

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