Psychopathy and offending trajectories

Authored by: Evan McCuish

Routledge International Handbook of Psychopathy and Crime

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138085169
eBook ISBN: 9781315111476
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As psychopathic personality disturbance (PPD) becomes more integrated into developmental and life course criminology, this chapter examines conceptual arguments, and the methodological requirements to address these arguments, concerning the relationship between PPD and offending trajectories, the contributions of various datasets to research PPD and offending trajectories, and directions for future research regarding PPD and the longitudinal development of offending. Symptoms of PPD increase propensity and situational context conducive to offending while also resulting in less responsivity to typical deterrence strategies. Consequently, continued offending over the life course is likely for those with PPD.

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