Psychosocial profile of a female psychopath

Marc Nesca, J. Thomas Dalby, Shannon Baskerville

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The social history and personality dynamics of a severe female psychopath referred for pretrial assessment were investigated in this case study. Her social history was found to include the early onset of aggressive antisocial behavior, polysubstance abuse, and a perverse sexual history. Formal testing indicated a chronically angry, sexually aggressive personality organized along hysterical lines. Test results also indicated the presence of transient paranoid ideation and fluctuating levels of reality testing under conditions of intense affective arousal. However, formal testing failed to reveal evidence of global impulse control deficits or pathological narcissism. These results are discussed with reference to extant research and relevant theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-77
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Forensic Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999


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