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Psychopathy in Adolescence: Assessment, Violence, and Developmental Precursors

  • Adelle E. Forth
  • Heather C. Burke
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 88)

Abstract

Psychopathy is a serious personality disorder that first manifests itself early in life and persists throughout most of the lifespan. Most clinicians and researchers agree that psychopathy is associated with a constellation of affective, interpersonal, and behavioral characteristics, central to which are a profound lack of remorse or guilt and a callous disregard for the feelings, rights, and welfare of others (Cleckley, 1976; Hare, 1991; Tennent, Tennent, Prins, & Bedford, 1990). Individuals with this disorder are typically described as impulsive, selfish, deceitful, sensation-seeking, and irresponsible. Given these characteristics it is not surprising that psychopaths commit a disproportionate amount of serious repetitive crime and violence and frequently come into contact with the criminal justice system. Despite a substantial body of work dealing with psychopathy in adults, surprisingly little work has focused on the precursors of this disorder. Understanding the antecedents of psychopathy may lead not only to a better understanding of its etiology but also its treatment and perhaps, ultimately, its prevention.

Keywords

Family Background Psychopathic Trait Young Offender Conduct Disorder Symptom Inconsistent Discipline 
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  • Adelle E. Forth
    • 1
  • Heather C. Burke
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCarleton UniversityOttawaCanada

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