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Routledge International Handbook of Psychopathy and Crime

1st Edition

Edited by Matt DeLisi


686 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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For over two centuries, psychopathy has stood as perhaps the most formidable risk factor for antisocial behavior, crime, and violence. The Routledge International Handbook of Psychopathy and Crime presents the state-of-the-art on the full landscape of research on antisocial behavior that employs psychopathy as a central correlate. It is the largest and most comprehensive work of its kind, and includes contributions from renowned scholars from around the world.

Organized into five distinctive sections, this book covers the etiology of psychopathy; the measurement of psychopathy; the association between psychopathy and diverse forms of homicidal and sexual offending, including serial murder, sexual homicide, rape and child molestation; criminal careers and psychopathy; the role of psychopathy in criminal justice system supervision, including institutional misconduct, noncompliance, and recidivism.

This book is an essential resource for students and researchers in criminology, psychology, and criminal justice and will be of interested to all those interested in criminal behavior, sexual and violent crime, forensic psychology and forensic mental health.


"Matt DeLisi deserves kudos for putting together what is surely the most comprehensive, detailed, and up-to-date exploration of psychopathy available. The contributions reflect multiple and diverse perspectives on core issues ranging from etiology to assessment to antisocial conduct. The Routledge International Handbook of Psychopathy and Crime is a must-have for anyone whose research or practice touches on this perplexing disorder."

- Professor Stephen D. Hart, ?Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Canada

"The Routledge International Handbook of Psychopathy and Crime is a must-read edited volume for anyone seriously interested in understanding psychopathy. Professor DeLisi did the field a major service by putting together this much-needed collection of works written by the "Who’s Who" of psychopathy researchers. I know that I will be consulting this book for years to come in my own work and assigning it in my courses. Without a doubt, any serious psychopathy scholar will want to add this book to their collection."

- Kevin M. Beaver, Judith Rich Harris Professor of Criminology, Florida State University, USA

Table of Contents

Part I: Etiology of Psychopathy

1. Psychopathy and Crime Are Inextricably Linked (Matt DeLisi)

2. Tracing the Effect of Psychopathy on Future Offending through Two Layers of Proactive Criminal Thinking (Glenn Walters)

3. Structural Models of Personality and Psychopathy (Donald R. Lynam and Joshua D. Miller)

4. Psychopathy and Empathy (Michael J. Vitacco, David A. Lishner, Jeremy Gay and Amanda Trice)

5. Psychopathy and Emotion Regulation: Taking Stock and Moving Forward (Carlo Garofalo and Craig S. Neumann)

6. Callous-Unemotional Traits: Relevance and Implications for Juvenile Justice (James V. Ray and Tina D. Wall Meyers)

7. Neurogenetics Approaches to Understanding Psychopathy (Laura Murray, Hailey L. Dotterer, Rebecca Waller and Luke W. Hyde)

8. The Neural Basis of Psychopathy (Shichun Ling, Rebecca Umbach and Adrian Raine)

9. The Intergenerational Transmission of Psychopathy (Katherine M. Auty)

10. Neurological Profiles of Psychopathy: A Neurodevelopmental Perspective (Yu Gao)

11. Childhood and Adolescent Psychopathy (Olivier F. Colins and Henrik Andershed)

Part II: Measurement of Psychopathy

12. The Elemental Psychopathy Assessment (Brandon Weiss, Donald R. Lynam and Joshua D. Miller)

13. Key Findings and Operational Lessons in the Measurement of Psychopathy within the Incarcerated Serious and Violent Young Offender Study (Raymond R. Corrado and Evan McCuish)

14. Psychopathic Personality Traits Model (PPTM): A New Approach to Defining Psychopathy (Daniel Boduszek, Agata Debowska and Dominic Willmott)

15. The PCL-R Family of Psychopathy Measures: Dimensionality and Predictive Utility of the PCL-R, PCL:SV, PCL: YV, SRP-III, and SRP-SF (Agata Debowska, Daniel Boduszek and Russell Woodfield)

16. The Triarchic Psychopathy Model: Theory and Measurement (Martin Sellbom)

17. The Triarchic Model of Psychopathy among Incarcerated Male Youths: A Psychometric Study (Pedro Pechorro, Matt DeLisi, Isabel Alberto, James V. Ray and Mário R. Simões)

Part III: Homicide, Sexual Offending, and Psychopathy

18. Psychopathy and Homicide (Bryanna Fox)

19. The Perpetual Influence of Dark Traits on Alienists (Enzo Yaksic)

20. Psychopathy among Juvenile Homicide Offenders (Jonathan W. Caudill and Henriikka Weird)

21. Psychopathy and Sexual Aggression: A Review of Empirical Research (Jesse Cale and Melanie Burton)

22. Sadism, Psychopathy and Sexual Offending (Sonja Krstic, Nicholas Longpré, Raymond Knight and Carrie Robertson)

23. Psychopathy and Sexual Offending (Vincent Egan and Simon Duff)

24. Psychopathy and Sexuality: Impersonal and Exploitive (Beth A. Visser)

25. Psychopathy and Sexual Assault (Eric Beauregard and Kylie Reale)

26. The Psychopathic Sexually Sadistic Offender (Shayne Jones and Heng Choon (Oliver) Chan)

27. Psychopathy and Sexual Violence (Steven M. Gillespie, Luna C. M. Centifanti, and Gayle Brewer)

Part IV: Criminal Careers, Comorbidities, and Psychopathy

28. Juvenile Psychopathy and Juvenile Delinquency (Laura Lopez-Romero and Estrella Romero)

29. Psychopathy and Offending Trajectories (Evan McCuish)

30. Psychopathic Narcissism and Antisocial Behavior (Shari R. Reiter, Christopher T. Barry and Julie R. Odom-Dixon)

31. Developmental Pathways to Adolescent Callous-Unemotional Traits: The Role of Environmental Adversity, Symptoms of Borderline Personality and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (Edward D. Barker and Alan J. Meehan)

32. Psychopathic Traits and Substance Use: Co-occurrence and Overlapping Etiological Pathways (Edelyn Verona and Amy Hoffman, and Bethany Edwards)

33. Psychopathy and Violent Crime (Nicholas D. Thomson)

34. The Severe 5% and Psychopathy (Michael G. Vaughn, Brandy R. Maynard, Christopher P. Salas-Wright and Matt DeLisi)

35. Examining the Relationship between Suicidal Behavior and Psychopathic Traits through the Lens of the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicide (Katie Dhingra, Sofia Persson and Marc T. Swogger)

36. Psychopathic Traits and Conduct Problems Predicting Bullying and Victimization: Testing Unique and Interactive Associations (Kostas A. Fanti)

Part V: The Criminal Justice System and Psychopathy

37. Psychopathy among Juvenile Justice System-Involved Youth (Michael Baglivio)

38. Psychopathy and Sexual Offender Recidivism (Mark E. Olver)

39. The Treatment of Psychopathy (Devon Polaschek)

40. Psychopathy: An Obscure Public Health Issue (Dennis E. Reidy and Kristin M. Holland)

41. Psychopathy in the Courts (Daniel DeMatteo, Daniel C. Murrie, John F. Edens and Claire Lankford)

42. Psychopathy and Risk Assessment (Mark E. Olver and Stephen C. P. Wong)


About the Editor

Matt DeLisi is Coordinator of Criminal Justice Studies, Professor in the Department of Sociology, and Faculty Affiliate of the Center for the Study of Violence at Iowa State University, USA.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Forensic Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Personality Disorders
PSYCHOLOGY / Personality
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Violence in Society
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sexual Abuse & Harassment