Sociology 2266A/B Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Psychopathy Checklist, Pathological Lying, Psychopathy

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Hare’s Psychopathy Checklist: Notes
- Hare developed a well-accepted Psychopathy checklist which is widely used for research
purposes and in making decisions by mental health and CJS officials as they are strong
predictors of violence and recidivism
- Psychopathy checklist often use it in the CJS
- If you go through the psychopathy checklist help with sentencing, labelling, parole, etc.
- Huge relationship between being a diagnosed psychopath and becoming violent later on
- Rates of recidivism are very high if you are a psychopath and end up in jail
- PCL has been revised
- Diagnosing psychopathy for legal, clinical reasons
- Develop psychopathic tendencies
- Use for high rates of recidivism and aggression
- Used in the court room and in institutions for potential risk
- Professional that administers this diagnostic advanced degrees, medical doctor, or PhD
- Used so often in legal field people who administer it have to be qualified to serve as
witnesses
- Typically should have two independent users test it to make sure one isn’t off or biased
- Attest to the value of the PCL-R good job at predicting the likelihood of future violence
- 2 parts:
1. Semi-structured interview
Ask offender all types of questions background, education, family, crimes
committed, work, marital status
2. Review of records and history
Pathological liars information they provide has to be checked (2. Review of
records and history)
Seeing how much they lie is a good test of character
The 20 Items
1. Superficial Charm
Really good social skills and can very easily captivate an audience
Can bring anywhere, any environment and they would do well
Make friends easily, always have something to say
Selfish version of charm (only doing it to get something)
Impress people to get something out of them
2. Grandiose estimate of self
Superior to everyone on earth
Everyone compared to them is unimportant
Elite group compliment themselves, think they’re the best, brag, cocky,
arrogant
God’s gift to the planet
3. Need for stimulation
Prone to boredom
Not happy with the everyday routine life
Take a lot of chances, engage in risky behaviours
Excessive need for thrilling stimulation
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Hare developed a well-accepted psychopathy checklist which is widely used for research purposes and in making decisions by mental health and cjs officials as they are strong predictors of violence and recidivism. Psychopathy checklist often use it in the cjs. If you go through the psychopathy checklist help with sentencing, labelling, parole, etc. Huge relationship between being a diagnosed psychopath and becoming violent later on. Rates of recidivism are very high if you are a psychopath and end up in jail. Use for high rates of recidivism and aggression. Used in the court room and in institutions for potential risk. Professional that administers this diagnostic advanced degrees, medical doctor, or phd. Used so often in legal field people who administer it have to be qualified to serve as witnesses. Typically should have two independent users test it to make sure one isn"t off or biased.

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