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Handbook of Antisocial Behavior

  • ID: 2211573
  • Book
  • 624 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Handbook of Antisocial Behavior

Each year tens of thousands of families are torn apart, hundreds of thousands of lives are ruined, and millions of dollars′ worth of property is destroyed as a result of antisocial behavior. So endemic are violence and aggression to our society that it isn′t hard to imagine future historians categorizing the late twentieth century not as the "Space Age" or the "Information Age," but as the "Antisocial Age" the time when society went to war against itself. As with any plague that threatens civilization, the first and best line of defense against antisocial behavior is the knowledge that comes from dedicated scientific research into its causes and cures.

Does violence on the screen cause violence in the street?

  • Do hormones cause violence?
  • Can we prevent violence?
  • Is antisocial behavior a mental illness?
  • How can we identify and measure antisocial behavior?
  • How are women and men similar and different with respect to antisocial behavior?
  • How can we better understand spouse and child abuse?

In the latter part of this century, an increasingly vigorous and sophisticated scientific study of antisocial behavior has emerged. This new science has offered partial answers to some very important questions which will lead to better understanding and prevention of antisocial behavior. These and other questions are addressed in the Handbook of Antisocial Behavior. In 50 chapters, more than 100 leading scientists, clinicians, and scholars review the research in their area of expertise to provide extraordinarily extensive and deep coverage of the field in a single volume.

These experts share their findings, insights, and theories concerning most types of antisocial behaviors and antisocial behavioral disorders, including aggressiveness, noncompliance, conduct problems, delinquency, sexual offenses, criminality, media violence, child abuse, spouse abuse, impulsivity, and antisocial personality disorder.

The Handbook of Antisocial Behavior is an indispensable resource for mental health practitioners, as well as anyone involved in research into violence and aggression, including psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists, public health professionals, epidemiologists, sociologists, and criminologists.

A comprehensive review of the latest research and clinical trends

More than 100 of the world′s leading researchers and clinicians from the fields of psychology, psychiatry, the neurosciences, sociology, epidemiology, and criminology share their insights into the causes of and cures for one of contemporary society′s most perplexing and pernicious classes of behavioral disorders. Covering virtually all forms of antisocial behavior and antisocial behavioral disorders, the Handbook of Antisocial Behavior comprises the most extensive review currently available of:

  • The development and origins of antisocial behavior
  • The demographics of all forms of antisocial behavior
  • The latest assessment and diagnostic techniques
  • Breakthroughs in prevention and intervention
  • Special populations and special issues, from domestic violence to cross–cultural and gender issues
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Partial table of contents:


Public Health Perspective on Interpersonal Violence Among Youths in the United States (L. Potter & J. Mercy).

Psychopathy: Assessment and Association with Criminal Conduct (S. Hart & R. Hare).

Assessment of Antisocial Behavior in Adults (S. Lilienfeld, et al.).

Major Mental Disorders and Violence to Others (J. Monahan).


Child Abuse, Neglect, and Witnessing Violence (C. Widom).

Peers, Drug Use, and Delinquency (T. Thornberry & M. Krohn).


Medical Histories of Antisocial Individuals (P. Brennan & S. Mednick).

On the Psychobiology of Antisocial Behavior (M. Linnoila).


Bridging Development, Prevention, and Policy (D. Offord).

The Treatment of Adult Offenders (M. Rice & G. Harris).


Alcohol, Illicit Drugs, and Violence (H. White).

Firearms and Youth Violence (J. Fagan & D. Wilkinson).

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David M. Stoff
James Breiling
Jack D. Maser
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