Born Bad? Critiques of Psychopathy


James Horley (Editor)
Professor of Psychology, Department of Social Sciences, Augustana Campus, University of Alberta, Camrose, Alberta, Canada

Series: Psychology Research Progress, Psychiatry – Theory, Applications and Treatments
BISAC: PSY030000

Psychopathy is a popular construct at present, especially in forensic psychiatry and forensic psychology, yet it is a controversial construct. A number of problems and issues concerning psychopathy are examined in this volume by a number of practicing forensic clinicians and researchers with years of experience working with so-called psychopaths in a variety of forensic settings. This book tackles issues that range from historical concerns, such as the origins of the construct, to more pragmatic ones, such as the efficacy of psychopathy treatments. This book presents weighty critiques that should be of interest to researchers, practitioners, and students of psychology, psychiatry, social work, and any profession concerned with psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, sociopathy, or any related constructs. It is intended to stimulate thought and to provide solutions to the problems that plague psychopathy and any professional who would employ it. (Imprint: Novinka )

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: An Overview of Some Issues in the Study of Psychopathy
(James Horley, University of Alberta, Camrose, Alberta, Canada)

Chapter 2: A Brief History of Psychopathy
(James Horley, University of Alberta, Camrose, Alberta, Canada)

Chapter 3: Psychopathy’s Role in the Criminal Justice System: Five Empirical Controversies in Search of Answers
(Glenn Walters, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA, USA)

Chapter 4: Clinical Limitations with the Use of Psychopathy
(Ian McPhail, Law and Mental Health Program, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Chapter 5: Born Bad? Labels, Morals, and Alternatives to Psychopathy
(James Horley, University of Alberta, Camrose, Alberta, Canada)


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