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NCJ Number: 236941 Find in a Library
Title: Psychopathy, Reactive Aggression, and Precarious Proclamations: A Review of Behavioral, Cognitive, and Biological Research
Journal: Aggression and Violent Behavior  Volume:16  Issue:6  Dated:November/December 2011  Pages:512-524
Author(s): Dennis E. Reidy; John F. Shelley-Tremblay; Scott O. Lilienfeld
Date Published: December 2011
Page Count: 13
Type: Literature Review
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This paper provides a comprehensive review of behavioral, cognitive, and biological research on the relation between psychopathy and aggression.
Abstract: Psychopathic personality (psychopathy) is associated with a heightened risk for physical aggression, although the nature of this link remains unclear. Despite widespread claims that psychopathy is associated with reactive aggression, the evidence for this assertion is mixed. The authors provide a comprehensive review of behavioral, cognitive, and biological research on the relation between psychopathy and aggression, and conclude that although psychopathy is clearly associated with instrumental aggression, its association with reactive aggression is not robust. In fact, at least some research points to a potential protective role of psychopathy against reactive aggression. The authors conclude that future research must clarify the differential implications of the separable components of the broad psychopathy construct before the relations between psychopathy and physical aggression can be adequately understood. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Aggression; Antisocial attitudes; Behavior patterns; Biological influences; Offender attitudes; Psychopaths
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