This article examines the construct of psychopathy and its potential to enhance current understanding of serious, violent, and chronic (SVC) juvenile offending. Historical, definitional, diagnostic, etiological, and assessment issues pertaining to psychopathy are discussed and a conceptual framework of antisocial subtypes incorporating biological and social factors is presented. Implications of psychopathy-related findings for future theory, research, policy, and practice in the juvenile justice system are elucidated.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Health(social science)
- Developmental and Educational Psychology