Antisocial Personality Disorder

Assessment and Case Formulation
  • Patricia B. Sutker
  • Alan R. King


Habitual rule breaking and chronic disregard for sociolegal restraints are behavioral characteristics attributed to individuals labeled antisocial personality. Authors of the DSM-III (American Psychiatric Association, 1980) deemphasized underlying traits and negative intentions and enumerated specific types of behavior seen as définitive of antisocial personality disorder. Diagnosis of pathologically nonconforming individuals was predicated firmly on documentation of a history of continuous and chronic antisocial involvements. Not too many years ago, however, primary attention had been given to cataloguing unwholesome personality traits to describe individuals labeled sociopath and psychopath. It was assumed that socially deviant behaviors were energized by such personality substrates as selfishness, impulsiv-ity, and callousness. Historically, these notions replaced even more uncomplimentary terms which described antisocial persons as “morally deranged,” “psychopathically inferior,” and “morally insane.” Even today, to observe a constellation of antisocial characteristics may be tantamount to inferring the presence of negative personality traits or person deficits.


Antisocial Behavior Antisocial Personality Disorder Case Formulation Target Problem Heroin Addict 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patricia B. Sutker
    • 1
  • Alan R. King
    • 2
  1. 1.Psychology Service, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and NeurologyTulane University School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySouthern UniversityNew OrleansUSA

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