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Psychopathy and risk assessment

Hart, Stephen D.; Hare, Robert D.

Forensic Psychiatry

For years, psychopathy was dismissed by many criminologists as a mythical entity.However, the major criticisms leveled against the construct are either irrelevant or untrue. Recent research indicates that psychopathy is one of the most robust predictors of criminal behavior. The association between psychopathy and violence is particularly important.

Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, and (Hare) Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Corrresponding author: Stephen D. Hart, Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5A 1S6, Canada.

Current Opinion in Psychiatry 1996, 9:380-383.

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