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Is psychopathy elevated among criminal offenders who are under preventive detention pursuant to Section 66 of the German Penal Code?


Habermeyer, E; Passow, D; Vohs, K (2010). Is psychopathy elevated among criminal offenders who are under preventive detention pursuant to Section 66 of the German Penal Code? Behavioral Sciences & the Law, 28(2):267-276.

Abstract

In Germany, preventive detention can be imposed if a repeat offender shows a proclivity to commit further significant criminal acts. The courts require expert opinion to provide information about personality traits relevant for this disposition. However, currently, consensus about this topic is lacking. On the basis of a standardized examination, the relevance of Hare's concept of "psychopathy" for expert opinion is discussed in the context of preventive detention.

In Germany, preventive detention can be imposed if a repeat offender shows a proclivity to commit further significant criminal acts. The courts require expert opinion to provide information about personality traits relevant for this disposition. However, currently, consensus about this topic is lacking. On the basis of a standardized examination, the relevance of Hare's concept of "psychopathy" for expert opinion is discussed in the context of preventive detention.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:01 Mar 2011 15:44
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:52
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN:0735-3936
Publisher DOI:10.1002/bsl.927
PubMed ID:20422649
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-47286

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