2. Assessment

  1. Helinä Häkkänen-Nyholm4,5 and
  2. Jan-Olof Nyholm4
  1. Michael J. Vitacco1,
  2. David A. Lishner2 and
  3. Craig S. Neumann3

Published Online: 23 MAR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119944980.ch2

Psychopathy and Law: A Practitioner's Guide

Psychopathy and Law: A Practitioner's Guide

How to Cite

Vitacco, M. J., Lishner, D. A. and Neumann, C. S. (2012) Assessment, in Psychopathy and Law: A Practitioner's Guide (eds H. Häkkänen-Nyholm and J.-O. Nyholm), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119944980.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 4

    PsyJuridica Ltd, Espoo, Finland

  2. 5

    University of Helsinki, Institute of Behavioural Sciences, Finland

Author Information

  1. 1

    Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, Georgia, USA

  2. 2

    University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, USA

  3. 3

    University of North Texas, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAR 2012
  2. Published Print: 9 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470972380

Online ISBN: 9781119944980



  • assessment;
  • prototypical psychopath;
  • Psychopathy Checklist–Revised (PCL-R);
  • PCL instruments, in forensics;
  • legal proceedings;
  • psychometric properties;
  • interpersonal, affective facets;
  • insanity defense;
  • malingering;
  • psychopathy assessment, and the unethical use


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Psychometric Properties of PCL Instruments

  • Psychopathy and the Law: Focus on the Insanity Defense

  • Potential Misuses of PCL Instruments in Legal Proceedings

  • Admissibility of PCL Instruments in Adversarial Proceedings

  • Ethical Issues with PCL Measures and Predicting Risk

  • Myths Associated with Psychopathy

  • Summary and Conclusions

  • References