The Importance of Identifying Psychopathic Traits in Youths


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This paper argues that it is critically important for mental health professionals to identify psychopathic traits and tendencies in children and adolescents. Detecting the key indicators of psychopathic behavior, diagnosing, intervening and treating the youths while the problems are still in their infancy can make an enormous difference in the life trajectories of the youths and their families.
The Importance of Identifying Psychopathic Traits in Youths
“Psychopaths have long played a starring role in the collective nightmare of Western culture,” so opens Lisa Ells’ (2005) article in the Columbia Law Review (p.158). Hollywood films are rife with portrayals of psychopaths including Hannibal Lecter from Silence of the Lambs, Patrick...
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