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Textbook of Antisocial Personality Disorder

Edited by Donald W. Black, M.D., and Nathan J. Kolla, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC

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The most current, comprehensive work available to date, the Textbook of Antisocial Personality Disorder is the definitive source of information on this difficult and often poorly understood and underdiagnosed disorder. A group of distinguished international experts, researchers, and clinicians provide their unique perspectives on what has been learned so far about antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) and other forms of antisocial behavior, including childhood conduct disorder, adult antisocial behavior, and psychopathy. Highly useful for both clinicians tasked with caring for these patients and researchers involved in probing its causes and treatments, the book looks at the phenomenology and natural course of ASPD, as well as its neuropathology, neurophysiology, genetic risk factors, epigenetics, and social determinants. The authors also explore some promising directions regarding prevention and treatment.

Throughout the book, illustrative case vignettes provide a real-world view of people diagnosed with ASPD, including symptoms, course, and severity. In addition, tables, graphs, and illustrations further define the important points. Urgently needed and written with authority by those at the forefront of this vexing disorder, the Textbook of Antisocial Personality Disorder provides useful information on topics such as

  • The history and definition of ASPD
  • Clinical concepts such as epidemiology, comorbidity, symptoms, and course
  • Suspected causes of the disorder
  • Neurophysiology, neurotransmitters, and neuroimaging of the disease
  • The relationship of ASPD to psychopathy
  • Current treatment recommendations

Special coverage is included on antisocial women, antisocial children, antisocial sexual offenders, forensic aspects of ASPD, and preventive strategies.


  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Part I: Definition and History
  • Chapter 1. Classification and Definition of Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Chapter 2. Antisocial Personality Disorder Throughout Time—Evolution of the Concept
  • Part II: Clinical Concepts
  • Chapter 3. Epidemiology of Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Chapter 4. Psychiatric and Medical Comorbidity of Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Chapter 5. Clinical Symptoms and Assessment of Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Part III: Etiology and Pathophysiology
  • Chapter 6. Natural History and Course of Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Chapter 7. Family, Twin, and Adoption Studies in Antisocial Personality Disorder and Antisocial Behavior
  • Chapter 8. Molecular Genetics of Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Chapter 9. Social Theories of Causation
  • Chapter 10. Biological Risk Factors for Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Chapter 11. Neurophysiology of Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Chapter 12. Central and Peripheral Biomarkers of Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Chapter 13. Structural MRI Studies of Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Chapter 14. Functional MRI Studies of Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Chapter 15. Single-Photon Emission Computed Tomography and PET Studies of Antisocial Personality Disorder and Aggression
  • Chapter 16. New Insights Into the Causes of and Potential for Prevention of Psychopathy—A Syndrome Distinct From Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Part IV: Clinical Management
  • Chapter 17. Psychosocial Treatment of Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Chapter 18. Pharmacological Treatment of Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Chapter 19. Treatment Issues With Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Part V: Special Problems, Populations, and Settings
  • Chapter 20. Criminal Justice System and Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Chapter 21. The Antisocial Child
  • Chapter 22. The Antisocial Woman
  • Chapter 23. The Antisocial Sexual Offender
  • Chapter 24. Prevention of Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Index


    Christopher Adanty, B.Sc.
    Allan M. Andersen, M.D.
    Nayan Bhatia, M.D.
    Brittany Bishop, M.Sc.F.S.
    Donald W. Black, M.D.
    R. James Blair, Ph.D.
    Nancee Blum, M.S.W.
    Olivia Choy, Ph.D.
    Nasia Dai, B.Sc.
    Christal N. Davis, M.A.
    Vincenzo De Luca, M.D., Ph.D.
    Laura Dellazizzo, M.Sc.
    Alexandre Dumais, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC
    Dylan A. Fall, M.D.
    Alireza Farnam, M.D.
    Georgette E. Fleming, Ph.D.
    Rise B. Goldstein, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Sheilagh Hodgins, Ph.D., FRSC
    Sylvain Houle, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC
    Roland M. Jones, M.B.Ch.B., B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D., FRCPsych
    Najat Khalifa, M.D.
    Eva R. Kimonis, Ph.D.
    Nathan J. Kolla, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC
    Samuel Kuperman, M.D.
    Jaeger Lam, M.A.
    Marijn Lijffijt, Ph.D.
    Zhuoran Ma, B.S.
    Liam E. Marshall, Ph.D.
    Patrick T. McGonigal, M.A.
    James McGuire, Ph.D.
    Mario Moscovici, M.D.
    Nicholas Murphy, Ph.D.
    Joel Paris, M.D.
    Elham Rahmani, M.D., M.P.H.
    Nithya Ramakrishnan, B.E., M.S.
    Anvesh Roy, M.D.
    Anthony C. Ruocco, Ph.D.
    Rahil Sanatinia, M.D., Ph.D.
    Mario J. Scalora, Ph.D.
    Erik Simonsen, M.D.
    Wendy S. Slutske, Ph.D.
    Anil Srivastava, M.D.
    Alan C. Swann, M.D.
    Robert L. Trestman, M.D., Ph.D.
    Peter Tyrer, M.D.
    Birgit Vollm, M.D., Ph.D.
    Alireza Zahmatkesh, M.D.
    Mark Zimmerman, M.D.

About the Authors

Donald W. Black, M.D., is Professor Emeritus at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine in Iowa City, Iowa, and Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health at Iowa City Veterans Administration Health Care.

Nathan J. Kolla, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPC, is Clinician Scientist at the Brain Health Research Imaging Centre and Head of the Violence Prevention Neurobiological Research Unit at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada; and the Waypoint/University of Toronto Research Chair in Forensic Mental Health Science at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in Penetanguishene, Ontario, Canada.

Antisocial personality disorder is a complex mental disorder that is functionally disabling, disruptive of relationships, and costly to society. Black and Kolla have assembled an international cast of authors to produce a book on this important personality disorder that is comprehensive, authoritative, and clinically useful. This volume provides incisive summaries of the vast research into the nature, causes, treatment, and prevention of antisocial personality disorder, and related externalizing psychopathology, supported by extensive evidence tables, illustrative figures, and case vignettes. It is sure to be essential reading for the next decade.—Andrew E. Skodol, M.D., Research Professor of Psychiatry, University of Arizona College of Medicine

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