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Psychopathy in a Mixed Gender Sample of Adult Stalkers

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The authors present data on a mixed gender sample of 78 adult stalking perpetrators, each of whom was assessed with the Psychopathy Checklist:Screening Version (PCL:SV). Results indicate a generally low frequency of psychopathy in this group, although 15% of the sample was composed of psychopaths. Comparisons between this sample and other forensic samples indicate that both the frequency and degree of psychopathy were lower in the stalking group. The findings support previous theory and empirical findings, including the concept that underlying attachment pathology among stalkers and psychopaths is quite different, and psychopathy—in contrast to other areas of violence risk assessment—is usually not relevant when evaluating dangerousness among stalkers.
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Keywords: attachment; forensic science; psychopathy; stalking

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Forensic Services, Relationship Training Institute, 964 Fifth Avenue #200, San Diego, CA 92101. 2: 614 Fifth Avenue, Suite A, San Diego, CA 92101. 3: Forensic, Inc., PO Box 90699, San Diego, CA 92169.

Publication date: September 1, 2008

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