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Criminals' explanations of their criminal behavior, Part II: A possible role for psychopathy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1402756     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The author reviewed the literature concerning the effect of criminals' current psychopathology on their explanations about their crimes. He then studied 100 incarcerated men, examining the associations between their explanations and various historically documented aspects of psychopathy. Previously and independently documented patterns of pathological lying, lack of remorse or guilt, callousness or lack of empathy, and failure to accept responsibility for their own behavior were significantly associated with the offenders not admitting responsibility for their crimes. Further, independently described histories of pathological lying were associated with criminals' blaming their convictions on a faculty criminal-justice system, while histories of failure to accept responsibility for their behavior were associated with blaming someone else for their index crimes.
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of forensic sciences     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0022-1198     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Forensic Sci.     Publication Date:  1992 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-11-02     Completed Date:  1992-11-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375370     Medline TA:  J Forensic Sci     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1334-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, University of Missouri, Columbia Health Sciences Center.
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MeSH Terms
Antisocial Personality Disorder / diagnosis*
Criminal Psychology*
Dangerous Behavior
Psychological Tests
Self Assessment (Psychology)*

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