Diagnosing antisocial behavior and psychopathy

Samuel Juni

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Purpose – Psychopathy and antisocial personality are controversial disorders with alternate behavioral and dynamic formulations. As such, diagnostic approaches are often fragmentary and inconsistent. The purpose of this paper is to delineate the various conceptual parameters and to propose a comprehensive diagnostic approach. Design/methodology/approach – A model is presented based on the congruence and differences among various categories of psychopathic and antisocial personality disorders and their clinical manifestations. Diagnostic approaches are critiqued and evaluated. Specific assessment tools and measures are recommended based on referrals and symptomatology. Findings – Key factors of low frustration tolerance, poor social intelligence, aggression-driven psychopathy, sadism, and superego impairment are shown as central in the differential diagnostics of antisocial individuals. Originality/value – The model enables the differentiation of problematic behaviors which may appear similar but require different forensic, legal, diagnostic, and intervention strategies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-96
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Criminal Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 12 2014


  • Antisocial behavior
  • Diagnosis
  • Psychopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Law


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