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Bad Boys, Bad Men : Confronting Antisocial Personality Disorder (Sociopathy)
by M.d. Donald W. Black


Overview - Several years after the first edition of Bad Boys, Bad Men was published, Donald W. Black, MD, brings us the Revised and Updated edition. Containing the same examination of antisocial personality disorder, Dr. Black continues to draw on case studies, scientific data, and current events to explore antisocial behavior in people.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Several years after the first edition of Bad Boys, Bad Men was published, Donald W. Black, MD, brings us the Revised and Updated edition. Containing the same examination of antisocial personality disorder, Dr. Black continues to draw on case studies, scientific data, and current events to explore antisocial behavior in people. In this new edition, Dr. Black builds upon the succes of the previous volume and updates it with new research findings, including the genetic and biological determinants of antiscoial personality disorder. Dr. Black also discusses the difference between, and overlap with, psycopathy. Several new cases have been added to Bad Boys, Bad Men including John Wayne Gacy, Mike Tyson, and Sadam Hussein. He also briefly discusses antisocial women, and provides a case example of Aileen Wuornos.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780199862030
  • ISBN-10: 0199862036
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publish Date: February 2013
  • Page Count: 318
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.85 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Social Science > Men's Studies - General
Books > Medical > Mental Health
Books > Psychology > Psychopathology - General

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2013-04-08
  • Reviewer: Staff

In this revised and updated treatise on sociopathy, or "antisocial personality disorder", Black, a professor of psychiatry, advances the thesis that some people, from a young age "remain stuck in a rut of bad behavior.... Their resistance to authority and norms becomes the dominant force in their lives, often consigning them and their families to poverty, loneliness, addiction, and despair." According to Black, this continual rebellion is pathological, characteristic, in fact, of antisocial personality disorder. Heavy on anecdotal evidence, Black's descriptions of possible causes of ASP (nature; nurture) and possible treatments (therapy; incarceration) might seem more convincing if sociological analysis were as important to him as case history. While this book may offer those struggling with ASP (or proximity to ASP) some potential explanations, it often seems to select evidence in such a way as to suggest that character is destiny. Black allows that ASP, as he defines it, has a complex, multifactorial etiology. But any book that suggests that "ncarceration may be the best way to control the most severe and persistent cases of ASP" ought, at the very least, to think harder about the dysfunctional American prison system and the society that built it. (Mar.)

 
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