Gender Differences in Antisocial Personality Disorder

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In recent literature, researchers underline that multiple and antisocial personality disorder is real but that it rarely occurs spontaneously, without prompting, and therefore does not deserve to be a primary-level diagnosis. A special attention is given to gender differences and behavior patterns of patients and possible treatment methods…

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Their behavior is characterized by a callous lack of concern for the feelings of others, gross irresponsibility and disregard for social norms and obligations, inability to maintain close relationships, a very low tolerance of frustration and violence and aggression, an inability to experience guilt or to profit from experience or punishment, and a tendency to blame others for their errant behavior.
Ang and Hughes (2002) examine the differences of antisocial personality disorder in adults. They found that the psychometric properties are weak for women in contrast to male sample group. On interviewing these patients the lack of any sense of right or wrong, and of moral responsibility, can be deep-rooted, obvious and pervasive. This inability to empathize with the feelings of others, and a lack of imagination as to the consequences of their behavior, can lead to serious considerations of public safety for which treatment efforts are of uncertain efficacy and have to be secondary to considerations of security and containment. Some of these psychopathic adults with learning disability are to be found among the population of persistent fire-raisers and sex offenders (particularly offenders with children).
Bryan and Stallings (2002) and Crawford (2004) found that aggressive and violence behavior is not typical. ...
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