Netherlands journal of psychology

, Volume 63, Issue 4, pp 125–132 | Cite as

Psychopathy and violence: increasing specificity

  • Zach Walsh
  • Marc T. Swogger
  • Tiffany Walsh
  • David S. Kosson


A large body of literature has established that the construct of psychopathy is broadly related to violence, and the clinical application of the psychopathy construct as a predictor of violence appears to be increasing. This increased application warrants further specification of this relationship. That is, it may be important to identify factors that moderate relationships between psychopathy and violence, and to determine the extent to which subcomponents of the syndrome account for the relationships between psychopathy and specific types of violence. The present review summarises initial attempts to address these goals. We begin by summarising recent trends in the forensic application of the psychopathy construct. We then examine evidence bearing on the extent to which the predictive power of psychopathy for violence is moderated by other factors. Finally, we examine relationships between subcomponents of the psychopathy construct and specific types of violent and aggressive behaviour to examine whether relationships between psychopathy and violence are accounted for by specific components of psychopathy. (Netherlands Journal of Psychology, 63, 136-143.)

Psychopathy personality disorders interpersonal violence 


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  • Tiffany Walsh
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  • David S. Kosson
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