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NCJ Number: NCJ 241512     Find in a Library
Title: Under the Surface: The Dynamic Interpersonal and Affective World of Psychopathic High-Security and Detention Prisoners
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Author(s): Aina Sundt Gullhaugen ; Jim Aage Nottestad
  Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:56  Issue:6  Dated:September 2012  Pages:917 to 936
Date Published: 09/2012
Page Count: 20
  Annotation: This study presents an in-depth examination of the interpersonal and affective world of high-security and detention prisoners with possible.
Abstract: The present study yields an in-depth examination of the interpersonal and affective world of high-security and detention prisoners with possible (Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version [PCL:SV] greater than 13) and strong (PCL:SV greater than 18) indications of psychopathy. A group of male inmates (n = 16) was compared with noncriminal and non–personality disordered controls (n = 35) on measures of self and other (Young Schema Questionnaire–Short Form [YSQ-SF], Inventory of Interpersonal Problems–Circumplex Scales [IIP-C]), and the experience and regulation of affect (Positive and Negative Affect Schedule [PANAS], Emotion Control Questionnaire 2 [ECQ2]). Results confirm the established grandiose, dominant, and callous characteristics of the psychopath (PCL:SV, Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis II Disorders [SCID-II], DSM-IV and ICD-10 Personality Questionnaire [DIP-Q], IIP-C), while demonstrating personal distress and important nuances and variations in psychopathic offenders’ interpersonal and affective functioning (YSQ-SF, PANAS, ECQ2, SCID-II, DIP-Q). These preliminary findings support, expand, and challenge the ordinary portrayal of the psychopath and, if replicated in larger samples, point to a need for an expansion or reformulation of the concept, measurement, and treatment of psychopathy. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Mentally ill offenders
Index Term(s): Treatment ; Psychopaths ; Psychological research ; Psychologists role in corrections ; Norway
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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