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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.