Project Title

Does Psychopathy influence Criminal Behavior?

Major

Psychology

Department

Psychology

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Richard Osbaldiston

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

Globally, there are over one million violent crimes committed every day. Criminality has been linked with, or is the result of, mental disorders in many cases, and psychopathy is thought to be related to criminal behavior. We sought out to answer the research question “Does psychopathy influence criminal behavior?” We meta- analyzed a total of 26 empirical articles to examine the relationships between psychopathy and criminal behavior. We hypothesized that this relationship would be moderated by disease comorbidity, and we hypothesized that samples of younger participants would show stronger effects than samples of older participants.

Key Words: Psychopathy, Criminal Behavior, Comorbidity

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Poster

Poster Number

72

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Does Psychopathy influence Criminal Behavior?

Globally, there are over one million violent crimes committed every day. Criminality has been linked with, or is the result of, mental disorders in many cases, and psychopathy is thought to be related to criminal behavior. We sought out to answer the research question “Does psychopathy influence criminal behavior?” We meta- analyzed a total of 26 empirical articles to examine the relationships between psychopathy and criminal behavior. We hypothesized that this relationship would be moderated by disease comorbidity, and we hypothesized that samples of younger participants would show stronger effects than samples of older participants.

Key Words: Psychopathy, Criminal Behavior, Comorbidity