The Construct of Psychopathy and its Potential Contribution to the Study of Serious, Violent, and Chronic Youth Offending

Michael G. Vaughn, Matthew O. Howard

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-252
Number of pages18
JournalYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice
Volume3
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Law

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