Discuss the characteristics and traits of a psychopath and how the PCL-R Checklist can be used to diagnose psychopathy

 

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Refer to the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric under the Settings icon above for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.

 

Traits of a Psychopath

 

Watch The PCL-R Checklist: A measure of evil. Discuss the characteristics and traits of a psychopath and how the PCL-R Checklist can be used to diagnose psychopathy. Using the textbook, video, and other outside scholarly sources, discuss the validity of the PCL-R Checklist, the ethical considerations of diagnosing a psychopath, and the legal implications of such diagnoses. Do you believe that such assessments as the PCL-R Checklist can provide accurate predictions of an individual’s behavior? Based on the video and your readings, what do you think the prospects are of successfully rehabilitating a psychopath?

 

Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly resources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7. Share your beliefs on the legal implications of utilizing assessments to predict psychopathic behavior. Discuss any rights that criminals may have with respect to such assessments.

 

 

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