Understanding cultural variation in psychopathic personality disorder: conceptual and measurement issues

David J. Cooke

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Abstract

Psychopathy is a personality disorder, that is, a chronic disturbance in an individual’s relations with self, others and their environment which results
in distress or failure to fulfil social roles and obligations [10]. Personality
disorders affect how individuals think, feel and behave. Psychopathic personality disorder is a particular form of personality disorder that is characterised by three broad dimensions, an interpersonal style which is dominant, forceful, deceptive and grandiose, by an affective deficiency evidenced by a failure to experience
remorse or guilt, and by behaviour that can be described as impulsive and reckless [15]. This pattern has been recognized in many societies.
This paper considers the similarities and differences of psychopathy in
different cultures and societies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-68
Number of pages5
JournalNeuropsychiatrie
Volume23
Issue numberS1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

Keywords

  • psychopathic personality disorder
  • forensic psychology

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