Psychopathy: Antisocial, Criminal, and Violent Behavior

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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 ...
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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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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.
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.
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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.
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

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572303447
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/13/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 476
  • Product dimensions: 7.14 (w) x 10.14 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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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

1 History and Viewpoints
1 Historical Conceptions of Psychopathy in the United States and Europe 3
2 Psychopathy: An Elusive Concept with Moral Overtones 32
3 Personality and Crime 40
4 Psychopathy and the Contribution of Personality to Violence 50
5 Evil Intent: Violence and Disorders of the Will 69
6 The Internal World of the Psychopath 95
7 Antisocial Character and Behavior: Threats and Solutions 110
8 The Case for Parental Licensure 122
9 Psychopathy or Antisocial Personality in Forensic Settings 144
II Typologies
10 Ten Subtypes of Psychopathy 161
11 Psychopathy and the Five-Factor Model of Personality 171
12 Psychopaths and Their Nature: Implications for the Mental Health and Criminal Justice Systems 188
III Etiology
13 Genetics and Antisocial Personality Disorder 215
14 Neurobiology in Psychopathy 231
15 Psychopathic Children: Indicators of Organic Dysfunction 247
16 Cross-Cultural Aspects of Psychopathy 260
17 A Biopsychosocial Model of Psychopathy 277
IV Comorbidity
18 Psychopathy and Psychiatric Comorbidity 291
19 Psychopathy in the Pedophile 304
20 Comorbidity of Alcoholism and Psychopathy 321
21 Antisocial Personality Disorder and Narcotic Addiction 332
22 Sadistic Personality in Murderers 346
V Treatment
23 Psychopharmacological Treatment and Impulsivity 359
24 The Psychotherapeutic Management of Psychopathic, Narcissistic, and Paranoid Transferences 372
25 A Group-Analytic Approach to Psychopaths: "The Ring of Truth" 393
26 Therapeutic Community Treatment for Severe Personality Disorders 407
27 The Management of Dangerous Psychopaths in Prison 431
28 Treating the "Untreatable" in Denmark: Past and Present 458
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