Chapter

23 Clinical and Forensic Issues in the Assessment of Psychopathy

Forensic Psychology

IV. SPECIAL ASSESSMENT ISSUES

  1. Stephen D. Hart PhD,
  2. Jennifer E. Storey MA

Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118133880.hop211023

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition

How to Cite

Hart, S. D. and Storey, J. E. 2012. Clinical and Forensic Issues in the Assessment of Psychopathy . Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 11:IV:23.

Author Information

  1. Simon Fraser University, Department of Psychology, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 26 SEP 2012

Abstract

Due to the fact that psychopathy is prevalent in forensic settings and potentially relevant to a wide range of legal issues, particularly violence risk, the assessment of psychopathy is a fundamental skill for clinical-forensic psychologists. The chapter begins with a discussion of the nature of psychopathy. It then reviews the most commonly used procedures for assessing psychopathy, including diagnostic interviews, self-report questionnaires and inventories, and expert rating scales. This is followed by a discussion of the legal relevance of psychopathy. It ends by summarizing recommendations for best practice and identifying areas in need of further research.

Keywords:

  • psychopathy;
  • antisocial personality disorder;
  • dissocial personality disorder;
  • PCL-R;
  • PCL:SV