Psychopathy

Oct
04

Interview Strategies for Assessing Psychopathic Personality Disturbance in Adolescents

This article provided recommendations for improving interview protocols for the assessment of psychopathic personality disturbance (PPD) among adolescent offenders. These recommendations were based on experiences interviewing adolescents from the Incarcerated Serious and Violent Young Offender Study and related to areas such as establishing and improving rapport, responding to dishonesty, and the importance of follow up […]

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Aug
09

The Dark Triad of Sex: Psychopathy, Deviant Sexual Interests, and Gender

The present study examined associations between psychopathic traits and deviant sexual interests across gender in a community sample. The results reflect that there was a stronger association between the antisocial facet of psychopathy and deviant sexual interests in women, compared to men. Furthermore, the associations between the interpersonal facet of psychopathy and voyeuristic interests and […]

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Jul
05

Concerns regarding the potential negative effects of the psychopathy “label” on punishment outcomes may not be deserved

Significant effects on punishment outcomes may be attributable to the general impact of any mental disorder diagnosis, rather than psychopathy specifically. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. […]

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Sep
14

Psychopathy ≠ untreatable: Comorbid psychopathy in forensic psychiatric patients

Psychopathy is associated with greater therapy-interfering behavior, with PCL-R Factor 2 predicting institutional misconduct and PLC-R Factor 1 predicting dropout from treatment. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of […]

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Aug
25

Sex offenders with “deadly combination” of psychopathy and deviant sexual interests are not more likely to reoffend

Research found no evidence that sexual offenders who possess high levels of both psychopathic traits and deviant sexual interests are at a higher risk for reoffending than other sexual offenders. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Psychological Assessment. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as […]

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Apr
07

Psychopathy Associated with Witnessing Domestic Violence as a Child

Witnessing domestic violence as a child is associated with overall psychopathy levels. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law and Human Behavior | 2017, […]

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Feb
17

Mental Health’s Role in Juvenile Justice Rehabilitation

Justice involved youth whose mental health needs were treated, also had their criminogenic need met. However, more research is needed to understand how mental health treatment affects intervention targeting criminogenic needs. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as […]

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Feb
10

PCL-R Demonstrates Inadequate Field Reliability and Validity

The PCL-R demonstrates low rater agreement and inadequate field reliability and validity for predictions of recidivism in prison and hospital settings. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. […]

By Amber Watkins | Psychopathy
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Sep
09

The Relationships Between Psychopathy, Alcohol Use, and Intimate Partner Violence

The following study examines the combined influences of alcohol use and psychopathy on aggressive behavior in the context of intimate partner violence. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into […]

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Aug
26

Strength-based models cannot fully address direct links to future offending in detained girls

Detained girls’ low quality of life is indirectly linked to future offending through increased mental health problems. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Featured Article | Law […]

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Jul
01

Gender Differences on the PCL-R Indicate that Lower Cut-off Scores and Broader Definitions of Violence may Increase Predictive Validity for Females with Psychopathy

Compared to men, females with psychopathy obtain lower PCL-R scores, are more likely to offend out of relational frustration, and are more manipulative and self-destructive. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in the International Journal of Forensic Mental Health. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as […]

By Amber Watkins | Psychopathy . Violence
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Jun
03

Reevaluated Psychometric Properties of the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised

New research elucidates the psychometric properties of the Psychopathy-Checklist Revised (PCLR) while avoiding sampling limitations. This is the bottom line of a recently published article in Law and Human Behavior. Below is a summary of the research and findings as well as a translation of this research into practice. Psychometric Properties of the Hare Psychopathy […]

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