Assessing Antisocial and Psychopathic Personalities

Carl B. Gacono and J. Reid Meloy

in Oxford Handbook of Personality Assessment

Published in print July 2009 | ISBN: 9780195366877
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Assessing Antisocial and Psychopathic Personalities

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Understanding that antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy are distinct but related constructs is crucial to clinical and forensic assessment of these patients. This article describes the use of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised, Rorschach, and Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) for a comprehensive evaluation of these patients. These measures lend incremental validity to understanding these difficult patients, especially when combined with testing of intelligence and cognitive functioning. Integrating data from multiple domains is essential to answering the psycholegal and forensic treatment questions surrounding the antisocial and psychopathic patient. The forensically trained clinical psychologist is best suited to assess psychopathy, a task that historically has been overlooked or avoided in traditional mental health settings.

Keywords: Hare Psychopathy Checklist; Rorschach; MMPI; antisocial personality disorder; forensic assessment; psychopathy; intelligence; cognitive functioning

Article.  11138 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing ; Developmental Psychology

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