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NCJ Number: 128344 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal and Institutional Behaviors of Psychopaths, 1984-1987
Author(s): S Wong
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 63
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Solicitor General
Ottawa, Ontario K1A OP8, Canada
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This paper reports on a study of the criminal history and institutional behavior of 315 psychopaths from a random sample of inmates at minimum, medium, and maximum security facilities in the Prairie Region of the Correctional Service of Canada.
Abstract: The incidence of psychopathy was between 15 percent to 30 percent of the selected population sample with a higher proportion present in the maximum security prisons. A Psychopathy Rating Scale developed by Hare and Frazelle divided the psychopaths into high, medium, and low psychopathy groups. In comparison to non-psychopaths, the psychopaths had a more extensive criminal history, committed more institutional offenses, and used more violence and threats during the infractions. A significant positive correlation was found between the degree of psychopathy and violation of parole, mandatory supervision, and incidents of unlawfully at large (UAL). Contrary to other reports, the persistent criminality of the psychopaths appears to extend well into their late 30s. 19 tables and 28 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Psychopaths
Index Term(s): Behavior patterns; Canada; Inmate characteristics; Mental illness-crime relationships
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