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19 J. Offender Rehab. 1 (1993)

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Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Vol 19 (1/2), 1993. Pp. 1-26.
© 1993 by The Haworth Press, Inc. All rights reserved.


C   INMATE BEHAVIOR DYNAMICS: ASSESSING VS. LABELING





         Applying the Diagnosis Antisocial

       Personality to Imprisoned Offenders

                 Looking for Hay in a Haystack




                            Gail Flint Stevens
                            Dirqresue Uuniversity


   ABSTRACT The use of the diagnosis antisocial personality disorder with
   inmates is controversial because most inmates can qualify for the diagnosis. This
   study assesses differences between inmates diagnosed antisocial personality and
   inmates with other diagnoses in terms of background characteristics, criminal
   histories, and prison behavior The findings from the study indicate that inmates
   diagnosed antisocial personality do not differ from other diagnosed inmnates in
   terms of background characteristics, except race, but do differ in terms of
   criminal histories. Because of the difference between the diagnosed groups
   regarding race, the groups are also compared controlling for race. Tie results
   indicate that the standards for diagnosing inmates as antisocial personality may
   vary by race. Finally, future research questions are considered.

   The diagnosis Antisocial Personality Disorder has been termed the
most controversial psychiatric disorder (Millon, 1981). There are two
main parts to this controversy, summed up quite neatly by Widger and
Frances (1985): [The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental
Disorders III criteria] are relatively clear and specific and thus obtain
higher levels of reliability than criteria for any other personality disorder.

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