Psychopathic Behaviour: Identifying Predictors Relating to Violence Prevention
AU ID 3107091
May 15, 2013
Identifying predictors of psychopathic behaviour is important for early intervention in the prevention of violence. Predictors such as early childhood symptoms and neurological dysfunction are key factors for youth intervention. This paper looks at identifying predictors of psychopathy. Can early detection of traits predict future psychopathy? Is neurological dysfunction a predictor? Can early childhood and adolescent intervention prevent psychopathic tendencies? Based on four research articles, the importance of early detection of psychopathic traits is discussed, followed by a discussion of neurological dysfunction as predictors of psychopathy and youth intervention and violence prevention. The conclusion sums up critical factors for identifying psychopathy and suggests helpful prevention based on the early detection of psychopathic traits. Early Detection of Psychopathic Traits
Early intervention is important in youth displaying psychopathic traits. (Salekin & Frick, 2005, p. 403). Children displaying hyperactivity-impulsivity attention problems (HIA) and conduct problems showed conduct disorder (p. 404). Conduct disorder (CD) is a behavioral and emotional disorder of childhood and adolescence. Children with conduct disorder act inappropriately, infringe on the rights of others, and violate the behavioral expectations of others. (http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/conduct+disorder). Children diagnosed with both attention deficit hyper-activity disorder (ADHD) and CD can display more intense patterns of antisocial behavior along with multiple neuropsychological deficits that are similar to those seen in adults with psychopathy (Salekin & Frick, 2005, p. 404). Children who...