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Being AmoralPsychopathy and Moral Incapacity$
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Thomas Schramme

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262027915

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262027915.001.0001

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Contesting Dangerousness, Risk, and Treatability: A Sociological View of Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD)

Contesting Dangerousness, Risk, and Treatability: A Sociological View of Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD)

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(p.301) 13 Contesting Dangerousness, Risk, and Treatability: A Sociological View of Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder (DSPD)
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Being Amoral
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Susie Scott

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027915.003.0013

The chapter challenges the legal notion of dangerous and severe personality disorder from a sociological point of view. The author also argues for appreciating evaluative aspects of conceptual issues in psychiatry, in addition to the scientific perspective. Findings from a study in which the author conducted semi-structured interviews with mental health professionals who work in forensic settings are presented. Different values held by the respondents are grouped into six different models of sociopathy or psychopathic disorder. It is shown how different values underlie different views on perceived dangerousness and psychopathy.

Keywords:   Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder, Values-based medicine, forensic psychiatry, sociopathy, dangerousness, mental health professionals

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