Risk for Criminal Recidivism: The Role of Psychopathy. Chapter uri icon


  • In addition to numerous studies that have investigated the predictive utility of psychopathy, via violence and crime, there have been many past reviews of this issue. The authors do not intend to catalogue every study on psychopathy and criminal recidivism; rather, they hope to draw out important overarching issues in this area of investigation. Specifically, the authors provide a synthesis and interpretation of criminal recidivism prediction studies, focusing on recent meta-analytic studies and the impact of methodological and measurement factors; evaluate the generalizability of the predictive utility of psychopathy across medicolegal contexts, settings, and important demographics (country, gender, ethnicity, and age); compare the predictive utility of psychopathy to that of other risk factors; explore the relevance of theories and models of psychopathy to the connection between psychopathy and violence; and discuss the role of psychopathy within, and its comparison to, contemporary risk assessment instruments. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

author list (cited authors)

  • Douglas, K. S., Vincent, G. M., & Edens, J. F.

complete list of authors

  • Douglas, KS||Vincent, GM||Edens, JF

editor list (cited editors)

  • Patrick, C. J.

Book Title

  • Handbook of psychopathy

publication date

  • January 2006