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J Forensic Sci. 2008 Sep;53(5):1214-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2008.00839.x. Epub 2008 Jul 26.

Psychopathy in a mixed gender sample of adult stalkers.

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Department of Forensic Services, Relationship Training Institute, San Diego, CA 92101, USA.


The authors present data on a mixed gender sample of 78 adult stalking perpetrators, each of whom was assessed with the Psychopathy Checklist:Screening Version (PCL:SV). Results indicate a generally low frequency of psychopathy in this group, although 15% of the sample was composed of psychopaths. Comparisons between this sample and other forensic samples indicate that both the frequency and degree of psychopathy were lower in the stalking group. The findings support previous theory and empirical findings, including the concept that underlying attachment pathology among stalkers and psychopaths is quite different, and psychopathy--in contrast to other areas of violence risk assessment--is usually not relevant when evaluating dangerousness among stalkers.

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