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A Review of Antisocial Personality Disorder in Criminals The Antisocial Personality is APD is a serious disorder that affects many males and cause a great threat to families friends and even complete strangers Most personality disorders may cause an inconvenience to a persons family and friends but usually harm themselves more than others Antisocial Personality Disorder contrasts from other personality disorders because the defining trait is a predatory attitude toward other people Smith 1999 They have a chronic indifference to and violation of the rights of ones fellow human beings Alterman Cacciola McDermott Mulholland Newman Rutherford 2000 A common tendency of those with APD is criminal actions These actions can range from stealing of everyday items to rate to murder It is obvious that APD is a serious disorder with serious consequences Criminologists need to have an understanding of APD as evidenced in the male offender Antisocial Personality Disorder affects less than one percent of females and about three percent of males and usually occurs before age 15 Smith 1999 Most of these men are involved in some sort of criminal behavior One heartwrenching characteristic of men with this disorder is that they show no remorse for their victims or anyone involved Interpersonally those with APD are gradoise arrogant callous superficial and manipulative Alterman et al 2000 Affectively those with APD are short-tempered unable to form strong emotional bonds with others lacking empathy guilt or remorse Smith 1999 Behaviorally those with APD are irresponsive impulsive and prone to violate social and legal norms and expectations Smith 1999 DSM III gives a list of criteria for the diagnosis of APD These five points are as follows 1 A history of illegal or socially disapproved activity beginning before age 15 and continuing into adulthood 2 Failure to show constancy and responsibility in work sexual relationships parenthood or financial obligations 3 Irritability and aggressiveness 4 Reckless and impulsive behavior 5 Disregard for the truth Smith 1999 Males
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