Forensic Psychology

The Psychology of Criminal Behavior

How common is psychopathy?

Hare estimates that about 50 to 75 percent of the prison population meets criteria for antisocial personality disorder, but only 15 to 25 percent exceed the cut-off point for psychopathy. Hare also estimates that psychopaths make up about one percent of the general population. Thus, psychopathy appears to be a more severe disorder than antisocial personality disorder, but fortunately a less common one.


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