Antisocial Personality Disorder: An Epidemiological Perspective
‘Psychopath’, ‘sociopath’, ‘moral
defective’ - these are some of the labels which have been given to
people who suffer from abnormal personalities. In particular, these
terms have been used to refer to people who consistently behave in
a manner which society finds unacceptable. In 1980, psychiatry
formally introduced the controversial diagnostic category of
‘antisocial personality disorder’. The concept is hotly debated by
clinicians, researchers, and more recently by the media, and raises
important questions about where the boundaries of psychiatry should
This book provides a comprehensive
review of antisocial personality disorder from an epidemiological
point of view. It opens with a discussion of the central problems
associated with assessing and classifying abnormal personality and
then focuses more specifically on antisocial personality disorder
with chapters on: distribution, natural history, early risk
factors, associated conditions, burden and needs assessment. It
will be a valuable source of reference for all who are interested
in the disorder, whether from a clinical, management or research
- One of the most comprehensive
epidemiological reviews to date on the subject.
- Methodological issues are discussed
and in the light of deficits, suggestions for future research are
- Considers the impact of the disorder
on society and the health care system and needs assessment as it
relates to the disorder.
- General psychiatrists, psychologists,
nurses, OTs and social workers.
- Forensic psychiatrists,
criminologists, penologists and probation officers.