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The Clinical and Forensic Assessment of Psychopathy: A Practitioner's Guide / Edition 1

The Clinical and Forensic Assessment of Psychopathy: A Practitioner's Guide / Edition 1

by Carl B. Gacono


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Psychopaths are difficult to ignore. They are involved in many of today's most serious problems: war, drugs, murder, and political corruption. As a construct, psychopathy has evolved far beyond its confusing origins in a melange of labels into an empirically measurable syndrome. The first text of its kind, The Clinical and Forensic Assessment of Psychopathy: A Practitioner's Guide, translates the robust findings of the past 30 years into applied procedures and methods for all those whose work brings them into contact with this difficult population in mental health, correctional, or court settings. Synthesizing the latest information on assessing psychopathy in children, adolescents, and adults, it offers "standard of care" guidelines for the assessment of psychopathy in general and the use of the Hare Psychopathy checklists in particular. It further:
* develops conceptual models for understanding the information processing and emotional experience of psychopaths;
* addresses legal and ethical issues;
* discusses implications for training and the effective integration of psychopathy assessment into general forensic practice-interviewing, predicting risk, evaluating the relationship of psychopathy to malingering, and writing reports;
* describes dilemmas presented by the psychopath in the corporate setting and offers suggestions for managing them and for weighing the necessity of incorporating psychopathy assessment into institutional evaluation procedures; and
* considers the relationship of psychopathy to sexual deviance, substance abuse, and the criminal personality.

The Clinical and Forensic Assessment of Psychopathy: A Practitioner's Guide is a resource for anyone who seeks to make fast the link between research and practice. Experienced professionals and their trainees and students alike will learn much from it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780805830385
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/28/2000
Series: Personality and Clinical Psychology Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 530
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: 1460L (what's this?)

About the Author

Carl B. Gacono, PhD, ABAP, is a licensed psychologist who maintains a clinical and forensic private practice in Austin, Texas. Formerly at the Assessment Center Director at Atascadero State Hospital and later as the Chief Psychologist at the Federal Correctional Institution, Bastrop Texas, he has over 20 years of correctional and institutional experience. He is the co-author of “The Handbook of Forensic Rorschach Assessment,” author of “The Clinical and Forensic Interview Schedule for The Hare Psychopathy Checklist: Revised and Screening Version,” and has authored or co-authored over 85 scientific articles and book chapters. He is the 1994 recipient of the Samuel J. And Anne G. Beck Award for excellence in early career research and the 2000 Walter G. Klopfer Award. He is a member of the American Board of Assessment Psychology and a Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment. A noted artist, Dr. Gacono has exhibited and sold his abstract impressionistic paintings and fauvist portraits and has had several of his paintings displayed on book covers (including this one).

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. Part I: Conceptual Contributions. P.J. Frick, C.T. Barry, S.D. Bodin, Applying the Concept of Psychopathy to Children: Implications for the Assessment of Antisocial Youth. A.E. Forth, D.L. Mailloux, Psychopathy in Youth: What Do We Know? R.H. Bodholdt, H.R. Richards, C.B. Gacono, Assessing Psychopathy in Adults: The Psychopathy Checklist-Revised and Screening Version. J.F. Wallace, W.A. Schmitt, J.E. Vitale, J.P. Newman, Experimental Investigations of Information-Processing Deficiencies in Psychopaths: Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment. B.L. Steuerwald, D.S. Kosson, Emotional Experiences of the Psychopath. Part II: Clinical Issues and Applications. D.R. Lyon, J.R.P. Ogloff, Legal and Ethical Issues in Psychopathy Assessment. C.B. Gacono, Suggestions for Implementation and Use of the Psychopathy Checklists in Forensic and Clinical Practice. D.S. Kosson, C.B. Gacono, R.H. Bodholdt, Assessing Psychopathy: Interpersonal Aspects and Clinical Interviewing. J.R. Meloy, C.B. Gacono, Assessing Psychopathy: Psychological Testing and Report Writing. R.C. Serin, S.L. Brown, The Clinical Use of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised in Contemporary Risk Assessment. R. Rogers, K.R. Cruise, Malingering and Deception Among Psychopaths. Part III: Special Applications. P. Babiak, Psychopathic Manipulation at Work. M.H. Young, J.V. Justice, P.S. Erdberg, C.B. Gacono, The Incarcerated Psychopath in Psychiatric Treatment: Management or Treatment? M.C. Seto, M.L. Lalumière, Psychopathy and Sexual Aggression. M.J. Rutherford, A.I. Alterman, J.S. Cacciola, Psychopathy and Substance Abuse: A Bad Mix. G.D. Walters, R. Di Fazio, Psychopathy and the Criminal Lifestyle: Similarities and Differences. J.L. Greenstone, D.S. Kosson, C.B. Gacono, Psychopathy and Hostage Negotiations: Some Preliminary Thoughts and Findings. C.B. Gacono, Epilogue. Appendices: C.B. Gacono, PCL-R Clinical and Forensic Interview Schedule. J.R. Meloy, A Forensic Psychological Evaluation. C.B. Gacono, The Use of the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) and Rorschach in Treatment Planning With Antisocial Personality Disordered Patients. B.J. Sparrow, C.B. Gacono, Selected Psychopathy Bibliography by Subject.

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