The Criminal Psychopath A Case Study of Ten Offenders, Diagnosed as Psychopaths and Institutionalized at Clarks Summit Mental Hospital, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
Background of the Study. Within the last two decades psychology and psychiatry have been responsible to a great extent for advancements in the field of criminology. Their contributions have been many, but mainly and generally speaking, they have offered greater insight into criminal motivation. As a result, there has been tremendous strides in arriving at a better understanding of crime. Furthermore, and most important, by the inclusion of these sciences in the courtroom, a great improvement has been noted in the disposition of offenders. Rather than placing the emphasis upon punishment, offenders found psychotic, have received individual consideration and treatment, and in addition, in many cases, inquiry into reasons or causes for their antisocial behavior has been made. Because of this change in emphasis, there are indications that recidivism has been reduced to some degree. But still many problems for which, at the present time, there is no solution, remain. One of these problems centers upon the chronic recidivist, more specifically known as the "criminal psychopath.” Science, for the most part, has been frustrated in its attempt to treat or to help this particular type of individual.
Mental health|Clinical psychology|Criminology|Social work
Schneck, Frank Xavier, "The Criminal Psychopath A Case Study of Ten Offenders, Diagnosed as Psychopaths and Institutionalized at Clarks Summit Mental Hospital, Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania" (1955). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30670859.