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Personality, Personality Disorder and Violence: An Evidence Based Approach

Personality, Personality Disorder and Violence: An Evidence Based Approach

Mary McMurran (Editor), Richard Howard (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-05948-7

Apr 2009

340 pages

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Presents the evidence-base for links between personality traits, psychological functioning, personality disorder and violence - with a focus on assessment and treatment approaches that will help clinicians to assess risk in this client group.
  • An evidence-based examination of those personality traits and types of psychological functioning that may contribute to personality disorder and violence- and the links that can be made between the two
  • Each chapter tackles an area of personality or psychological functioning and includes a developmental perspective, discussion of how to gauge risk, and an outline of effective treatments
  • Traits covered include impulsivity, aggressiveness, narcissism and the ‘Big Five’ - neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness
  • New for the prestigious Wiley Series in Forensic Clinical Psychology, a market leader with more than 20,000 books in print

About the Editors vii

List of Contributors ix

Series Editors' Preface xiii

Preface xvii


1 Personality, Personality Disorder and Violence: An Introduction 3
Mary McMurran, University of Nottingham, UK

2 The 'Functional Link' Between Personality Disorder and Violence: A Critical Appraisal 19
Conor Duggan and Richard Howard, University of Nottingham, UK


3 A Systematic Review of the Relationship Between Childhood Impulsiveness and Later Violence 41
Darrick Jolliffe, University of Leicester, UK and David P Farrington, University of Cambridge, UK

4 The 'Big Five': Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness as an Organisational Scheme for Thinking About Aggression and Violence 63
Vincent Egan, School of Psychology, University of Leicester, UK

5 Narcissism 85
Caroline Logan, Ashworth Hospital, UK

6 Subtypes of Psychopath 113
Ronald Blackburn, University of Liverpool, UK

7 Antisocial Personality Disorder 133
Stephane A De Brito and Sheilagh Hodgins, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, UK


8 The Neurobiology of Affective Dyscontrol: Implications for Understanding 'Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder' 157
Rick Howard, University of Nottingham, UK

9 The Processing of Emotional Expression Information in Individuals with Psychopathy 175
R. James R. Blair, National Institute of Mental Health, USA

10 Angry Affect, Aggression and Personality Disorder 191
Kevin Howells, University of Nottingham, UK

11 Attachment Difficulties 213
Anthony R. Beech and Ian J. Mitchell, University of Birmingham, UK

12 Empathy and Offending Behavior 229
William L. Marshall, Liam E. Marshall and Geris A. Serran, Rockwood Psychological Services, Canada


13 Psychopathic Violence: A Cognitive-Attention Perspective 247
Jennifer E. Vitale, Hampden-Sydney College, USA and Joseph P. Newman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

14 Social Problem Solving, Personality Disorder and Violence 265
Mary McMurran, University of Nottingham, UK

15 Criminal Thinking 281
Glenn D. Walters, Federal Correctional Institution-Schuylkill, USA


16 Personality, Personality Disorder and Violence: Implications For Future Research and Practice 299
Mary McMurran and Richard Howard, University of Nottingham, UK

Index 313