Is It Possible To Determine Whether A Child Is Likely To Grow Up To Be A Psychopath? Part 2

April 9th 2014 – Annotated Bibliography Part 2

Kahn J 2012, Can You Call A 9-Year-Old A Psychopath?, viewed 9/4/14 <http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/magazine/can-you-call-a-9-year-old-a-psychopath.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0> 

Kahn examines the case study of problem child Michael, who has exhibited strange psychopathic behaviours since the age of three, detailing the the parents’s struggle. The article examines the child in detail whilst providing background information on possible psychiatry treatments and therapy. Kahn considers a large range of views, from internal (neurological defects) to external (sibling influences) possibilities. 

Despite Kahn informing the reader explicitly, the article is biased due to Kahn’s authorial presence in the text, regarding her own views on Michael. Kahn is nor a psychologist or scientist, and therefore is not qualified to make claims and presumptions about the case. The text is long due to unnecessary information included and becomes clunky to read. 

The article considers inheritance of psychopathy and transmission through genes, which most other sources do not. Despite the clear bias present in the text, Kahn gives a variety of views and possible theories, overall making the text informative. 

Condliffe J 2012, Can Children Ever Be Diagnosed As Psychopaths?, viewed 9/4/14 <http://gizmodo.com/5910016/can-children-ever-be-diagnosed-as-psychopaths> 

Condliffe provides a concise text on identifying psychopathic traits, testing for psychopathy and the controversy around the topic of psychopathic children. The text examines particular psychologists and scientists who argue both sides of the argument: whether psychopathy can or cannot be examined through the brain, and if so, can it be detected in children of a young age. 

Despite the text being written in an understandable colloquial language, the text is not explicit, lacking key information. This affects the readers knowledge of the subject. 

The text considers the different arguments of whether psychopathy does or does not exist, and if it is possible to be detected by that of science. The text however does not consider in detail children and psychopathy, possible therapies/treatments or social and cultural/parental influences. Overall the text lacks in information, allowing for the reader not properly being informed. 

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