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Understanding Psychopathy is an essential, accessible new guide on psychopathy and its development. Through the lens of the biopsychosocial model, Thomson explores a wide range of factors contributing to the development of psychopathy, from the genetic to the environmental, supported by the latest research into the disorder.
Thomson examines psychopathy from all angles, analysing social, psychological and biological factors, in addition to the history and assessment of psychopathy, and links to violent crime. Theory and research are supported throughout with fascinating case studies. These case studies provide accessible and relevant examples for readers who are new to the field, and to those more familiar with psychopathy and its implications.
Understanding Psychopathy is a brilliant resource for psychology students, researchers and practitioners in the criminal justice system alike, with grounding in forensic psychology, clinical psychology and criminology.
"In the last 20 years, studies investigating psychopathy have increased exponentially. Several theoretical frameworks have been developed focusing on either social, psychological or biological explanations. Yet, there is a great deal of controversy and lack of replication among existing studies. If we manage to consider the unique and interactive influences among biological, psychological and social influences, as argued in this book, we may begin to offer a better explanation of the complicated phenomenon of psychopathy. Psychopathy is an exciting area of research, and Thomson offers an in-depth expert analysis of the latest research on the biopsychosocial mechanisms of psychopathy, providing an excellent resource for researchers and clinicians alike." - Dr. Kostas Fanti, PhD., Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Cyprus and Director of the Developmental Psychopathology Lab.
"Thomson provides us with a highly readable volume on the multifarious nature of psychopathy. Having done the exhaustive scientific leg-work, he presents the evidence for a biopsychosocial understanding of psychopathy, and thus provides the topology, the banks of the river so to speak, for beginning the challenging journey of tracing the inter-connected multi-causal nature of this personality disorder. It may help address one of the most puzzling questions regarding the link between covert antisocial features of the disorder (deceitful, callous, manipulation of others) and the more overt features (impulsive, reckless, aggression), which can precede the covert features, and that both are components of a broad genetic factor." - Dr. Craig Neumann, PhD., Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at the University of North Texas.
"Understanding Psychopathy provides a comprehensive review of the development and causal links of psychopathy. By integrating the latest research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, the book extensively considers psychopathy from a biopsychosocial perspective. Thomson delivers an accessible and compelling resource for forensic practitioners, researchers, students, and laypersons." - Dr Annette McKeown, PsyD., Principal Forensic Psychologist, Kolvin Service UK.
Chapter 1: Psychopathy and the Biopsychosocial Model
Chapter 2: History and Assessment of Psychopathy
Chapter 3: Psychopathy and Violent Crime
Chapter 4: Genetics and the Environment
Chapter 5: Biological Factors
Chapter 6: Psychological Factors
Chapter 7: Social Factors
Chapter 8: The Biopsychosocial Model of Psychopathy
New Frontiers in Forensic Psychology brings together the most contemporary research in core and emerging topics in the field, providing a comprehensive review of new areas of investigation in forensic psychology, and new perspectives on existing topics of enquiry.
The series includes original volumes in which the authors are encouraged to explores unchartered territory, make cross-disciplinary evaluations, and where possible break new ground.
The series is an essential resource for senior undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and practitioners across forensic psychology, criminology and social policy.