Antisocial personality disorder

People with antisocial personality disorder exhibit traits of impulsivity, high negative emotionality, low conscientiousness and associated behaviours including irresponsible and exploitative behaviour, recklessness and deceitfulness

  • manifest in unstable interpersonal relationships, disregard for the consequences of one’s behaviour, a failure to learn from experience, egocentricity and a disregard for the feelings of others
  • many people with antisocial personality disorder have a criminal conviction and are imprisoned or die prematurely as a result of reckless behaviour
    • criminal behaviour is central to the definition of antisocial personality disorder, although it is often the culmination of previous and long-standing difficulties, such as socioeconomic, educational and family problems (1)
      • prevalence of antisocial personality disorder among prisoners is slightly less than 50%
      • estimated in epidemiological studies in the community that only 47% of people who meet the criteria for antisocial personality disorder have significant arrest records
      • prevalence of antisocial personality disorder in the general population is 3% in men and 1% in women

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