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Psychopathology and Violent Crime

Edited by Andrew E. Skodol, M.D.
Series Editors: John M. Oldham, M.D., M.S., and Michelle B. Riba, M.D., M.S.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-834-1
  • Item #8834

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The psychiatric community has debated for years the significance of the relationship between mental disorder and serious violence. Psychopathology and Violent Crime goes to the heart of this controversial and complex subject.

Dr. Skodol presents the results of extensive epidemiologic samples and studies of criminal populations on the correlation between crime and mental disorder. Specifically, this reference covers:

  • Studies on the relationship of violence at Axis I psychopathology and discusses the genesis of violent behavior among psychotic patients
  • Findings from research data, clinical experience, and analysis of the personality profiles of 300 murderers, which provide clues on the motivations of murderers and prisoners
  • Research on the relationship between Axis II disorders and the motivation for criminal behavior, typically a neglected area of research
  • Importance of antisocial personality disorder and other personality psychopathology in understanding some of society's most horrific murderers
  • Genetic and biological studies on the correlation of crime and aggression at the neurobiological level
  • The implications of violence and psychopathology to the criminal justice system and to the prevention of violent crimes

This annotated volume presents the cutting-edge research on biological, psychological, and social factors influencing violence in the mentally disordered. It is a resource psychiatric professionals, as well as anyone working in the legal system, will find useful.


  • Introduction to the review of psychiatry series. Violent crime and axis I psychopathology. The personalities of murderers: The Importance of Psychopathy and Sadism. Axis II disorders and motivation for serious criminal behavior. Biology of aggression: relevance to crime. Psychopathology, crime, and law. Index.

About the Authors

Andrew E. Skodol, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Director of the Department of Personality Studies at New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York, New York.

This brief text is a good introduction to the area for those who know little or nothing about it, and it will be useful to those working in the field, as an accessible summary of work to date.—British Journal of Psychiatry

Psychopathology and Violent Crime has much merit and should be on the shelves of all psychiatrists who are working in the prison system. The quality of authorship and editing is also excellent. . . . I can heartily recommend this volume and do commend the publisher on the new format, as the new volume fits quite nicely in briefcase or pocketbook.—JAMA

This review succinctly summarizes contemporary thinking and research on the biopsychosocial correlates of violent crime in America. The authors offer no panaceas, but they stimulate our imaginations and suggest future research agendas.—Elissa P. Benedek, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan

This is a very good book that will survive after reading as a reference source. It deserves a good run. . . I am glad to have this one on my desk rather than on my shelf.—Irish Journal of Psychological Medicine

This short and easily digested monograph. . . provides a useful. . . overview of some aspects of psychiatry's current understanding of the relationship between psychopathology and violence. . . . [T]his book provides a very helpful overview of the state of the art, circa 1998.—The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

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