Psychopathy, Personality Disorders, and Violence

  • Stefano FerracutiEmail author
  • Gabriele Mandarelli
  • Antonio Del Casale
Part of the Comprehensive Approach to Psychiatry book series (CAP, volume 1)


The origins of modern clinical criminology are deeply intertwined with the evolution of psychiatry and clinical psychology that led to the current conception of personality. The idea that symptomatic expressions of the personality may have repercussions on behaviour, even leading in some cases to conditions of criminal non-responsibility, remains a widely debated topic. The concept of psychopathy is fundamental in assessing the relationship between personality and risk of violence. The interactions between biological and psychological variables are also crucial for studying the correlations between personality factors and violence behaviour. This chapter deals with the issue of the relationship between personality, violence, and crime from a historical perspective, followed by a review of the current main literature about the issue.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Ferracuti
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Gabriele Mandarelli
    • 1
    • 2
  • Antonio Del Casale
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Human Neuroscience, Faculty of Medicine and DentistrySapienza UniversityRomeItaly
  2. 2.Sant’Andrea University HospitalRomeItaly
  3. 3.NESMOS (Neurosciences, Mental Health, and Sensory Organs) Department, Faculty of Medicine and PsychologySapienza UniversityRomeItaly

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