Know the historical and current use of these terms in forensic and clinical settings
Learn how to correctly identify offenders as psychopathic, sociopathic, or having antisocial personality disorder
Gain first hand knowledge about the tools used by mental health professionals to assess psychopathy
No requirements! All levels are welcome.
Our society appears fascinated with all things criminal. This is evidenced by the number of true crime podcasts and murder mystery shows, which are loved by thousands around the world. This has lead to the use of several "pop culture diagnoses", including the misclassification of offenders as "psychopaths" and "sociopaths".
In this course, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the differences in personality psychopathology that leads to criminal behavior and societal harm. Topics to be covered include:
- History of psychopathy and sociopathy
- Differences between the constructs of psychopathy and sociopathy
- Clinical/forensic use of the terms psychopathy and sociopathy (including assessment tools used by mental health professionals)
- Diagnosis in DSM-V, including antisocial personality disorder
Who this course is for:
Anyone interested in the topic! Beginners welcome.
5 sections • 12 lectures • 50m total length
DSM I, II & the inclusion of psychopathy, sociopathy, and ASPD
DSM III, III-R, IV & the inclusion of psychopathy, sociopathy, and ASPD
Section 1 Quiz
Antisocial Personality Disorder-Criteria A, B, C, D
Alternative hybrid model with psychopathic specifier