The Trouble with Psychopathy as a General Theory of Crime

  title={The Trouble with Psychopathy as a General Theory of Crime},
  author={Glenn D. Walters},
  journal={International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology},
  pages={133 - 148}
  • G. Walters
  • Published 1 April 2004
  • Psychology
  • International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
The concept of psychopathy, as defined by Robert Hare, is reviewed with respect to its status as a general theory of crime. A hybrid of the medical pathology model and personality trait approach, the psychopathy concept proposes that a significant portion of serious crime is committed by psychopathic individuals. Hare’s version of psychopathy, besides demonstrating weak applicability and a propensity for tautology, is subject to labeling effects, over simplicity, reductionism, the fundamental… 

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