Today, a great deal is known about individuals with psychopathy who are caught committing crime. Thanks to the work of Dr. Robert Hare and many others, psychopathy may be one of the most important constructs in today’s criminal justice system. Thinking about psychopaths, the age-old question comes to mind: Is it nature or is it nurture? Are these individuals born as “bad seeds,” or do their environments shape their behavior?

In this week’s Discussion, you will analyze Dr. Hare’s construct and evaluate how it may be applied to assessing risk facets within today’s criminal justice system.

To prepare

  • View the video, The Psychopath Next Door, available in the Learning Resources.
  • Review the items/factors associated with psychopathy as shown in the Learning Resources.

Post a response to the following:

  • Analyze the assessment measures and traits discussed in the documentary program, The Psychopath Next Door.
  • Based on the Psychopathy Checklist, Revised (PCL-R), explain the potential risk factors that should be addressed by forensic psychology professionals when addressing future risk of an individual. Provide specific examples.
 
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