Essay about Is My Child a Psychopath

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Is My Child A Psychopath?
Cindy Loza
Whittier College

There is not enough empirical research on child psychopathy and its development or indicators. There is also a lack of evidence that signifies a positive correlation between conduct disorder and other defiant problems in children to psychopathy in adults. The current review examines psychopathic characteristics that can be identified in children, disorders that are related to psychopathy, and neurobiological factors have also been considered to have a relationship with this disorder. Findings suggest that psychopathy in children can be identified in children as young as 3. The empirical research provided in the review reveal a considerable amount of information suggesting
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Psychopathic Characteristics
Callous-Unemotional Traits and Antisocial Personality Behavior and Disorder Past research on child psychopathy has suggested that callous and unemotional (CU) traits have a direct element of psychopathy (Frick, Cornell, Barry, Bodin, & Dane 2003; Lynam, 1997, Lynam, Caspi, Moffitt, Loeber & Stouthamer-Louber, 2007 as cited in Burke, Loeber, & Lahey, 2007). CU traits possess distinguishing antisocial behaviors and psychopathic traits. These traits are recognized by consistent behavior that demonstrates a disregard for others which makes evident that the individual has a lack of empathy. These behaviors show dishonesty, fear of social judgment, and lack of emotion, and behavior that is classified as antisocial (Yang & Raine, 2008).
Psychopathy and antisocial personality disorder (APD) share a number of the same traits and have a common historical lineage (Zeier, Baskin-Sommers, Hiat Racer & Newman, 2012; Burke, Loeber, & Lahey, 2007). In accordance, Cooke and Michie (2001 as cited in Loney et al., 2007) along with Frick et al. (2000 as cited in Loney et al., 2007) state that psychopathy has antisocial tendencies and lifestyle sub dimensions. Antisocial personality encompasses irresponsibility, impulsivity, irritability, and disobedient behavior; where the individual does not obey the law or respects the rights of others (American Psychiatric Association, 2000; Zeier et al., 2012). Behaviors such as fighting,

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