Antisocial development and psychopathy
Why are some individuals antisocial throughout their life? Is antisocial behavior the manifestation of an innate latent trait or the result of a failure of socialization? To what extent can persistent offenders be identified early? Is there more than one pathway to an antisocial lifestyle? These questions and many others have been the focal interests of developmental psychologists for decades. Yet, they remain among the most current and pressing questions today.
Research confirms that more than half of known crime is typically committed by 5-6% of the criminal population. Research has also shown that a majority of these individuals are characterized by having a psychopathic personality. Interestingly, psychopathic features are not unique to adults. Youths with high levels of psychopathic traits resemble adult psychopaths in that they are the most frequent, severe and aggressive, delinquent offenders. There is less knowledge, however, about the development of these traits in adolescence, and many fundamental questions have yet to be addressed.
Withing this research theme, we are interested in understanding fundamental questions about individual and social development of young people at risk for a persistent antisocial lifestyle.