Current Psychiatry Reports

, 15:427 | Cite as

Antisocial Personality Disorder: A Current Review

  • Andrea L. Glenn
  • Alexandria K. Johnson
  • Adrian Raine
Personality Disorders (C Schmahl, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Personality Disorders


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5) classification of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) describes individuals who engage in repetitive irresponsible, delinquent, and criminal behavior. The diagnosis is highly controversial, with many researchers and clinicians arguing that the category is too heterogeneous, overinclusive, and demonstrates considerable overlap with other disorders. This review focuses on recent studies that have improved our understanding of the characteristics of individuals who fit the ASPD definition by exploring how subtypes differ and how comorbid conditions influence the presentation of ASPD. In addition, we discuss research on the etiology of ASPD that has identified genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to the development and persistence of antisocial behavior, and brain imaging research that has improved our understanding of the relationships between ASPD and other psychopathology. Finally, we discuss promising preliminary research on treatment for this disorder.


Crime subtypes DSM 5 Psychopathy Substance use Brain imaging Genetics Child abuse Treatment Personality disorder 


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Andrea L. Glenn, Alexandria K. Johnson, and Adrian Raine declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrea L. Glenn
    • 1
  • Alexandria K. Johnson
    • 2
  • Adrian Raine
    • 3
  1. 1.Center for the Prevention of Youth Behavior Problems, Department of PsychologyUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  3. 3.Departments of Criminology, Psychiatry, and PsychologyUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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