ERIC Number: EJ803756
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
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A Theory-Based Treatment Model for Psychopathy
Wallace, John F.; Newman, Joseph P.
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, v11 n2 p178-189 Spr 2004
The most salient characteristic of the psychopath is the propensity to engage in maladaptive and inappropriate behavior of all sorts, including antisocial and criminal actions. Consequently, there is considerable interest--particularly in the field of criminology--in determining what sorts of treatment interventions are likely to be effective in modifying the problematic behavioral tendencies of this difficult population. We suggest that interventions are most likely to meet with success if they are based on an accurate understanding of the cognitive deficits that underlie psychopaths' tendency to engage in maladaptive and illegal acts. Herein, we describe a theoretical framework for conceptualizing psychopaths' information processing deficits (in which the concepts of automatic information processing and implicit cognition play central roles), then discuss implications of this formulation for the design and implementation of treatment interventions.
Descriptors: Cognitive Processes, Information Processing, Antisocial Behavior, Intervention, Behavior Modification, Psychopathology, Criminology, Models, Counseling Techniques, Behavior Theories
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