Understanding Antisocial Behavior

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1998, Vol 43(10), 708–709. The reviewer notes that this edited volume (see record 1997-36421-000) contributes to the field by providing one of the few comprehensive and multidisciplinary review of the most salient research on the correlates, causes, consequences, and interventions of antisocial behavior. The strength of this edited text is its comprehensiveness and inclusiveness. Given that psychopathology is an important factor in understanding antisocial behavior, the editors dedicate considerable time to conceptual issues in defining and assessing psychopathology and comorbidity associated with antisocial behavior. Due to the disproportionate involvement of youth as both perpetrators and victims of interpersonal violence, several chapters focus on antisocial behavior in childhood and adolescence. Several articles focus on the development of antisocial behavior throughout the life span, and they highlight the field's advances in addressing appropriate questions and planning research strategies. They provide future direction for testing from a set of competing hypotheses that have been generated from previous research efforts. The volume is comprehensive yet limited primarily to interpersonal issues associated with antisocial behavior. The editors consider delinquency and criminality to be “complex phenotypes” of antisocial behavior, and they have excluded chapters that focus on patterns of criminal careers and the effects of justice system interventions on antisocial behavior. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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