Psychopathic costs: a monetization study of the fiscal toll of psychopathy features among institutionalized delinquents

Matt DeLisi, Dennis E. Reidy, Mark H. Heirigs, Jennifer J. Tostlebe, Michael G. Vaughn

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Abstract

Purpose: That psychopathy imposes substantial societal costs and economic burden is axiomatic, but monetization studies have overlooked cost estimates of the disorder. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach: Drawing on a near census of institutionalized delinquents from Missouri, the current study devised new crime cost measures for self-reported offending. Findings: Youth imposed $30 million in total costs annually in large part due to extensive involvement in robbery, theft, and assault. The most criminally active youth imposed costs in excess of $700 million. Psychopathy features were differentially correlated with crime costs. APSD-SR callous-unemotional traits, mPPI-SF Blame Externalization, mPPI-SF Machiavellian Egocentricity, and mPPI-SF Social Potency were significantly associated with between four and five crime costs. Psychopathic traits associated with ruthless self-interest, callousness, and expectations to control and dominate others manifest in diverse ways including serious violence and repeated property crime. Other features such as mPPI-SF Impulsive Nonconformity, mPPI-SF Stress Immunity, mPPI-SF Coldheartedness, mPPI-SF Carefree Nonplanfulness, mPPI-SF Fearlessness, APSD-SR Impulsivity, and APSD-SR Narcissism had limited associations with crime costs. Originality/value: To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first monetization study to quantify the effects of assorted psychopathy features on crime costs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-124
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Criminal Psychology
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Law

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