Psychopathy: Antisocial, Criminal, and Violent Behaviorby Theodore Millon (Editor), Erik Simonsen (Editor), Roger D. Davis (Editor), Morten Birket-Smith (Editor)
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 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.
Psychopathy, the first personality disorder to be recognized in psychiatry, remains one of the most perplexing and difficult-to-treat forms of mental illness. It is also a disorder with considerable social consequences, frequently leading to antisocial, criminal, and violent behavior. This authoritative volume brings together leading mental health experts to provide an up-to-date overview of psychopathyits nature, causes, and effects on the individual and society, as well as current treatment approaches. Ideal for psychologists in clinical and forensic settings, the volume is also a rich resource for legal professionals, students, and policymakers. Salient topics covered include links between psychopathy, criminality, and violence; assessing the risks of criminal recidivism; how psychopathy may relate to such problems as substance abuse, sadistic behavior, and pedophilia; whether prevention and rehabilitation are possible; and the management of dangerous psychopaths in the criminal justice system.
"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
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.
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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 Hospiyal , Copenhagen ,Denmark
Roger D. Davis ,PhD , Institute for advanced Studies in Personology and Psychopathology , Coral Gables ,Florida.
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