All walks of life: Editorial for the special issue on “The impact of psychopathy: Multidisciplinary and applied perspectives”

Carlo Garofalo*, Hedwig Eisenbarth, Matthew Shane

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We are grateful for the opportunity to serve as guest editors of this special issue on “The impact of psychopathy: Multidisciplinary and applied perspectives.” Psychopathy is a serious public health concern that has long attracted scholarly and clinical interest in both mental health and criminal justice fields. However, given its robust link with criminal behavior, research on psychopathy has largely developed with a primary emphasis on (male) adults within correctional settings. While the preponderance of work remains focused on these adult offenders, research on psychopathy has expanded in recent decades to include studies within a variety of more diverse populations and contexts. The goal of this Special Issue has been to highlight some of the most recent research in these areas, toward a more deliberate emphasis on the broad impacts that psychopathy can impart across all walks of life. To this end, while only two of the papers included in the Special Issue focused on forensic samples (and more specifically on treatment and recidivism), all 10 papers have nonetheless offered a clear focus on the detrimental impacts that individuals with psychopathic traits can impart within society. Indeed, included manuscripts focused on the impact of psychopathy within romantic relationships (in both middle and older adulthood), within parent-child dyads, within the workplace, and within society at large. Across these studies, the significant, detrimental impact that individuals with heightened psychopathic traits impart is highlighted, not only for their victims, but also for their family, friends, and colleagues. In this Editorial, we would like to emphasize some main themes that emerged from their contributions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1491-1497
JournalInternational Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder/psychology
  • Criminal Behavior
  • Criminal Law
  • Criminals/psychology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Recidivism


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