Psychopathy: Antisocial, Criminal, and Violent Behavior / Edition 1

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Overview

Psychopathy remains one of the least understood personality disorders and one of the most intransigent to therapeutic amelioration. Better understanding of this disorder is not helped by its DSM definition, which specifies diagnostic criteria in terms of concrete antisocial behaviors rather than psychological dynamics. In a concerted effort to remedy this situation, Psychopathy brings together a distinguished array of contributors to provide an up-to-date review of this perplexing disorder, including its causation and manifestations. Etiological explanations range from genetic to cross-cultural influences. Encompassing all the significant viewpoints regarding the nature of psychopathic personalities, the volume surveys current typologies and treatment approaches.

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Editorial Reviews

Psychiatric Services

"The cast of writers is international and outstanding."--Psychiatric Services
Issues in Child Abuse Accusations

"This book is an excellent resource for any professional who must deal with psychopaths or perform risk assessment in forensic populations."--Issues in Child Abuse Accusations
Tony A. Fletcher
This is an invaluable book by a dignified ensemble of contributors in the fields of psychology and law. This single resource provides a contemporary review of subtypes, etiologies, and comorbidity of psychopathy. Essential treatment alternatives with reviews of existing research, including effectiveness, are provided. The purpose is to examine the current conception of psychopathy and contribute to the working knowledge by describing antisocial, criminal, and violent behavior. The intention is to provide a comprehensive text by encompassing historical viewpoints, current efficacious treatments, and future directions in the area of criminal intention and personality. It is written for psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, as well as other mental health professionals who work with criminal and antisocial clients. Researchers, students, and professionals in private practice will also benefit from the authors' insight and understanding of these individuals. This book includes an historical review of theories and viewpoints on antisocial behavior, violence, and crime. Theories are elucidated with charts, and reviews of psychological instruments are demonstrated to add understanding of the psychopath. Alternative treatments which include psychopharmacological and therapeutic interventions are critiqued. The references give merit to the understanding of antisocial personality. This is an indispensable text for professionals and students in psychology, psychiatry, and other professions for the study of psychopathic personality theory, assessment, and treatment. It brings together a group of distinguished contributors who illuminate theoretical concepts and connects them withpertinent clinical issues to aid in applicable understanding and treatment of this complex personality disorder.
Booknews
In 28 papers derived from a 1994 Scandinavian symposium on borderline conditions, social scientists and clinicians address multiple facets of the still controversial first designated personality disorder of psychopathy: its history and viewpoints, typologies, etiology, and comorbidity. Beyond various models of personality and ten subtypes of psychopathy (Millon and Davis, Institute for Advanced Studies in Personality and Psychopathology; Coral Gables, FL), implications for the mental health and criminal justice systems are probed. Lykken (U. of Minnesota) provocatively advocates parental licensure; the chief psychiatrist of Danish prisons discusses treating the "untreatable" in her country. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Tony A. Fletcher, PsyD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an invaluable book by a dignified ensemble of contributors in the fields of psychology and law. This single resource provides a contemporary review of subtypes, etiologies, and comorbidity of psychopathy. Essential treatment alternatives with reviews of existing research, including effectiveness, are provided.
Purpose: The purpose is to examine the current conception of psychopathy and contribute to the working knowledge by describing antisocial, criminal, and violent behavior. The intention is to provide a comprehensive text by encompassing historical viewpoints, current efficacious treatments, and future directions in the area of criminal intention and personality.
Audience: It is written for psychiatrists and clinical psychologists, as well as other mental health professionals who work with criminal and antisocial clients. Researchers, students, and professionals in private practice will also benefit from the authors' insight and understanding of these individuals.
Features: This book includes an historical review of theories and viewpoints on antisocial behavior, violence, and crime. Theories are elucidated with charts, and reviews of psychological instruments are demonstrated to add understanding of the psychopath. Alternative treatments which include psychopharmacological and therapeutic interventions are critiqued. The references give merit to the understanding of antisocial personality.
Assessment: This is an indispensable text for professionals and students in psychology, psychiatry, and other professions for the study of psychopathic personality theory, assessment, and treatment. It brings together a group of distinguished contributors who illuminate theoretical concepts and connects them with pertinent clinical issues to aid in applicable understanding and treatment of this complex personality disorder.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572308640
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/27/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.88 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Edited by Theodore Millon, PhD, DSc, Institute for Advanced Studies in Personology and Psychopathology, Coral Gables, FL, Erik Simonsen, MD, Institute of Personality Theory and Psychopathology, Roskilde, Denmark, Morten Birket-Smith, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Bispebjerg University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Roger D. Davis, PhD, Institute for Advanced Studies in Personology and Psychopathology, Coral Gables, FL
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Table of Contents


I. History and Viewpoints
1. Historical Conceptions of Psychopathy in the United States and Europe, Millon, Simonsen, and Birket-Smith
2. Psychopathy: An Elusive Concept with Moral Overtones, Gunn
3. Personality and Crime, Eysenck
4. Psychopathy and the Contribution of Personality to Violence, Blackburn
5. Evil Intent: Violence and Disorders of the Will, Richards
6. The Internal World of the Psychopath, Meloy and Gacano
7. Antisocial Character and Behavior: Threats and Solutions, Reid
8. The Case for Parental Licensure, Lykken
9. Psychopathy or Antisocial Personality in Forensic Settings, Toch
II. Typologies
10. Ten Subtypes of Psychopathy, Millon and Davis
11. Psychopathy and the Five-Factor Model of Personality, Widiger and Lynam
12. Psychopaths and Their Nature: Implications for the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems, Hare
III. Etiology
13. Genetics and Antisocial Personality Disorder, McGuffin and Thapar
14. Neurobiology in Psychopathy, Siever
15. Psychopathic Children: Indicators of Organic Dysfunction, Rygaard
16. Cross-Cultural Aspects of Psychopathy, Cooke
17. A Biopsychosocial Model of Psychopathy, Paris
IV. Comorbidity
18. Psychopathy and Psychiatric Comorbidity, Dahl
19. Psychopathy in the Pedophile, Dorr
20. Comorbidity of Alcoholism and Psychopathy, Knop, Jensen, and Mortensen
21. Antisocial Personality Disorder and Narcotic Addiction, Vaglum
22. Sadistic Personality in Murderers, Stone
V. Treatment
23. Psychopharmacological Treatment and Impulsivity, von Knorring and Ekselius
24. The Psychotherapeutic Management of Psychopathic, Narcissistic, and Paranoid Transferences, Kernberg
25. A Group-Analytic Approach to Psychopaths: "The Ring of Truth," Cox
26. Therapeutic Community Treatment for Severe Personality Disorders, Dolan
27. The Management of Dangerous Psychopaths in Prison, Coid
28. Treating the "Untreatable" in Denmark: Past and Present, Hansen
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    Quite a resource

    This book actually assisted me in deciding my major. I have always been interested in 'matters of the mind and psyche', but never really considered it as a profession. It is a textbook, so it's not really intended for light reading, but if you have an interest in psychology past what's seen on television or in entertainment, I'd definitely suggest this book.

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  • Posted March 9, 2009

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    Not a good beach read.

    Very dense at times, but a good resource for research on psychopathy and Antisocial Personality Disorder. This book is for academics, not layfolks.

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  • Posted February 27, 2009

    Used for Master's Level Forensic Class

    Not a horrible book... but sometimes a bit hard to understand, you may have to read the same paragraph more than once. Wouldn't read it for recreation obviously ;0) But very informative and helped to understand what was being taught in class very well

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