Psychopathy: Antisocial, Criminal, and Violent Behavior

Psychopathy: Antisocial, Criminal, and Violent Behavior

by Theodore Millon
     
 
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,

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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book is impressive in its scope, which is truly encyclopedic. It is remarkable for its treatment of both theory and research, for its international perspective, and for its inclusion of critical views. It should be required reading for everyone interested in this perplexing disorder." —Stephen D. Hart, PhD, Associate Professor and Associate Chair (Graduate) Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia

"This book is an indispensable reference for psychologists evaluating and treating antisocial populations. The book's greatest asset is its conceptual framework that elucidates antecedent and comorbid conditions that complicate the assessments and subsequent interventions. Countering popular perspectives that psychopaths are untreatable, the book offers valuable treatment alternatives and reviews existing research on their effectiveness." —Richard Rogers, PhD, University of North Texas

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
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.
Psychiatric Services
"The cast of writers is international and outstanding."
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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781572303447
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
08/13/1998
Pages:
476
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Theodore Millon, PhD, DSc, Institute for Advanced Studies in Personology and Psychopathology, Coral Gables, Florida.

Erik Simonsen, MD, Institute of Personality Theory and Psychopathology, Roskilde, Denmark.

Morten Birket-Smith, MD, Department of Psychiatry, Bispebjerg University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Roger D. Davis, PhD, Institute for Advanced Studies in Personology and Psychopathology, Coral Gables, Florida.

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