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Antisocial Personality Disorder

  1. Donald W. Black

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0072

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Black, D. W. 2010. Antisocial Personality Disorder. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is characterized by a pattern of socially irresponsible, exploitative, and guiltless behavior that begins in early childhood or early adolescence. Typical behaviors include criminality and failure to conform to the law, failure to sustain consistent employment, manipulation of others for personal gain, frequent deception of others, and a lack of empathy for others.