This chapter looks at the issue of psychopath or sociopath. In particular, is examines what is a psychopath; the history of psychopathic disorder; if there is a greater incidence of the disorder in either of the sexes or among particular groups; how many psychopaths there are in the United States; the characteristics of the psychopath; the causes of the psychopathic personality; if psychopaths are generally held legally responsible for their misdeeds; why so many psychopaths are able to evade penalty and restriction; how early can the symptoms of the psychopathic personality be recognized; the effect a psychopathic child or adult has on his family; when the psychopath should be hospitalized; and treatment available for the psychopath. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2009 APA, all rights reserved)
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