Crime and Personality: Personality Theory and Criminality Examined
Keywords: Criminality Personality Theory Criminal Personality Crime And Personality Criminology Psychopathy
Table 1. Personality Models and Dimensions
Source: Miller, J. D., & Lynam, D. (2001). Structural models of personality and their relation to antisocial behavior: A meta-analytic review. Criminology, 39, p. 769
Table 2: Psychopathy Verses Antisocial Personality Disorder
Hare Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R)
Grandiose sense of self-worth
Need for stimulation/prone to boredom
Lack of remorse of guilt
Callous/lack of empathy
Lack of realistic, long-term goals
Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
Many short-term marital relationships
Promiscuous sexual relations
Poor behavioral controls
Early behavior problems
Revocation of conditional release
Note: Items scored on a scale of 0-2 by a trained interviewer
(0 = not applicable, 1 = uncertain, 2 = definitely present)
DSM-IV Diagnostic Criteria for Antisocial Personality Disorder
A. There is a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others occurring since age 15 years, as indicated by three (or more) of the following:
B. The individual is at least age 18 years.
Sources: Robert D. Hare (1993). Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us. American Psychiatric Association (2000). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th ed.).
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