Psychopathy in Children and Adolescents and the Fledgling Psychopath Hypothesis

  • Annemaree Carroll
  • Stephen Houghton
  • Kevin Durkin
  • John A. Hattie
Part of the Advancing Responsible Adolescent Development book series (ARAD)

In Chapter 7 and in Chapter 4, we mentioned a group of young persons at risk of adverse outcomes who show severe antisocial behavior and characteristics that are similar to those of psychopathic adults. These individuals appear to be heading toward gaining reputations as delinquent although their professed interest in reputation enhancement may actually be lower than average. Nonetheless, the reputation that these young people are at risk of developing is one that conjures a specific image of a person who manipulates others for his or her own benefit. This is contrary to the typical young person at risk who has developed peer networks through which a reputation is established and maintained and may also be different than the social isolate (loner) who conducts his or her deviant activities in private in order to attain a specific social identity. For individuals with psychopathic-like traits, it is the combination of a deviant lifestyle and a psychopathology that predisposes them to...


Conduct Disorder Oppositional Defiant Disorder Physical Aggression Moral Disengagement Proactive Aggression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annemaree Carroll
    • 1
  • Stephen Houghton
    • 2
  • Kevin Durkin
    • 3
  • John A. Hattie
    • 4
  1. 1.The University of QueenslandAustralia
  2. 2.University of Westem AustraliaAustralia
  3. 3.University of StrathclydeUK
  4. 4.University of AucklandNew Zealand

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