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October 2021

Race, psychopathy and the self: A discourse analytic study

Author(s): McKeown, M.

Journal/Book: Brit J Med Psychol. 1999; 72: St Andrews House, 48 Princess Rd East, Leicester Le1 7Dr, Leics, England. British Psychological Soc. 459-470.

Abstract: This discourse analytic study explores the implicit psychological models articulated within the admission reports of black and white men admitted to a forensic hospital under the diagnostic category of psychopathy. The white admission reports reproduce a traditional psychological model of the self in which intra-psychic states are causally linked to external behaviour whilst the black reports de-emphasize internal states and stress the relevance of the external world in influencing psychological equilibrium. The influence of these models upon the experience of psychopathology is discussed and it is argued chat they are directly relevant to the (seemingly) paradoxical underepresentation of black men under the medico-legal category of psychopathy.

Note: Article Stowell-Smith M, Whiston Hosp, Psychol Therapy Serv, Prescot L35 5DR, Merseyside, ENGLAND


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