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PsychopathyAn Introduction to Biological Findings and Their Implications$
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Andrea L. Glenn and Adrian Raine

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814777053

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814777053.001.0001

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Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment

Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment

(p.177) 9 Prevention, Intervention, and Treatment

Andrea L. Glenn

Adrian Raine

NYU Press

This chapter presents biologically based treatments for antisocial behavior and psychopathy. When considering these treatments, most people think of medication. However, treatments and interventions that target biological factors may also include modifications in nutrition, reducing exposure to toxins, and promoting improvements in other health factors that affect relevant biological systems. Nonetheless, the gold standard for prevention and treatment studies is the randomized controlled trial, in which participants are randomly allocated to treatment or control groups and the groups are treated identically except for the experimental treatment. As mentioned in Chapter 8, randomized controlled trials are beneficial for two reasons: to make progress in understanding what forms of interventions are effective, and to test cause-and-effect relationships.

Keywords:   biologically based treatments, antisocial behavior, psychopathy, medication, biological systems, randomized controlled trial

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