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Antisocial Personality Disorder in Incarcerated Offenders, Treatment of

Antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) is a recognized mental disorder that is substantially overrepresented in offending populations. It is a complex and costly condition, associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality for the individual concerned and significant harm toward others. The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition defines ASPD as a personality disorder that is characterized by deceitfulness, impulsivity, aggressiveness, disregard for the rights and safety of others, irresponsibility, and lack of remorse.

Epidemiological studies have found the prevalence of ASPD in men to be between 1% and 6% in general community samples, but the prevalence becomes increasingly higher in mental health services, the criminal justice system, and prison settings, with ASPD being represented in up to 80% of the ...

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