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Presents the evidence-base for links between personality traits, psychological functioning, personality disorder and violence - with a focus on assessment and treatment approaches that will help clinicians to assess risk in this client group. An evidence-based examination of those personality traits and types of psychological functioning that may contribute to personality disorder and violence- and the links that can be made between the two Each chapter tackles an area of personality or psychological functioning and includes a developmental perspective, discussion of how to gauge risk, and an outline of effective treatments Traits covered include impulsivity, aggressiveness, narcissism and the 'Big Five' - neuroticism, extraversion, openness, agreeableness and conscientiousness New for the prestigious Wiley Series in Forensic Clinical Psychology , a market leader with more than 20,000 books in print
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About the Editors. List of Contributors. Series Editors' Preface. Preface. INTRODUCTION. 1 Personality, Personality Disorder and Violence: An Introduction (Mary McMurran, University of Nottingham, UK). 2 The 'Functional Link' Between Personality Disorder and Violence: A Critical Appraisal (Conor Duggan and Richard Howard, University of Nottingham, UK). PART I TRAITS. 3 A Systematic Review of the Relationship Between Childhood Impulsiveness and Later Violence (Darrick Jolliffe, University of Leicester, UK and David P Farrington, University of Cambridge, UK). 4 The 'Big Five': Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness as an Organisational Scheme for Thinking About Aggression and Violence (Vincent Egan, School of Psychology, University of Leicester, UK). 5 Narcissism (Caroline Logan, Ashworth Hospital, UK). 6 Subtypes of Psychopath (Ronald Blackburn, University of Liverpool, UK). 7 Antisocial Personality Disorder (Stephane A De Brito and Sheilagh Hodgins, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, UK). PART II AFFECT. 8 The Neurobiology of Affective Dyscontrol: Implications for Understanding 'Dangerous and Severe Personality Disorder' (Rick Howard, University of Nottingham, UK). 9 The Processing of Emotional Expression Information in Individuals with Psychopathy (R. James R. Blair, National Institute of Mental Health, USA). 10 Angry Affect, Aggression and Personality Disorder (Kevin Howells, University of Nottingham, UK). 11 Attachment Difficulties (Anthony R. Beech and Ian J. Mitchell, University of Birmingham, UK). 12 Empathy and Offending Behavior (William L. Marshall, Liam E. Marshall and Geris A. Serran, Rockwood Psychological Services, Canada). PART III COGNITION. 13 Psychopathic Violence: A Cognitive-Attention Perspective (Jennifer E. Vitale, Hampden-Sydney College, USA and Joseph P. Newman, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA). 14 Social Problem Solving, Personality Disorder and Violence (Mary McMurran, University of Nottingham, UK). 15 Criminal Thinking (Glenn D. Walters, Federal Correctional Institution-Schuylkill, USA). Conclusion. 16 Personality, Personality Disorder and Violence: Implications For Future Research and Practice (Mary McMurran and Richard Howard, University of Nottingham, UK). Index.

About the Author

Mary McMurran is Professor of Personality Disorder Research at the University of Nottingham. She is series editor for the Wiley Series in Forensic Clinical Psychology and her previous books include Motivating Offenders to Change , commended by the BMA. She is co-editor of Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health and associate editor of both The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology and Legal and Criminological Psychology . She received the Senior Award for Significant Lifetime Contribution from the British Psychological Society in 2005. Richard Howard is Senior Research Fellow at The Peaks Academic and Research Unit at Rampton Hospital in the UK, and Reader in Personality Disorder Research at the University of Nottingham.

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