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. 

Is It Possible To Determine Whether A Child Is Likely To Grow Up To Be A Psychopath? Part 1

April 7th 2014 – Part 1 Of Annotated Bibliography

News.com.au 2013, Is Your Child A Budding Psychopath? Now There’s A Way To Find Out, viewed 7/4/14 <http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/is-your-child-a-budding-psychopath/story-fnet08ui-1226634514379> 

“Is Your Child A Budding Psychopath? Now There’s A Way To Find Out” is a compelling article that assesses biological studies of young male brains in relation to psychopathic traits. The article considers the differences in boys’ brain activity when being exposed to stimulus (images), that do and do not present pain. 

Despite the article being written in an informal colloquial language, it explores the study taken with clear explanations without bias. The article is short and concise, allowing the reader to be informed appropriately without confusion. 

It should be noted that the study present in the article is only based around that of boys, and does not consider girls, therefore not assessing gender differences. The information provided is recent being written in 2013, therefore allowing for a fresh perspective on the topic. 

Dolan M 2014, Psychopathic Personality in Young People, viewed 7/4/14 <http://apt.rcpsych.org/content/10/6/466.full> 

The text “Psychopathic Personality in Young People” considers a large variety of aspects and views on this controversial topic. Dolan considers biological factors (the brain and its activity), emotional traits (in relation to personality), parental influences and different ways of assessing and measuring psychopathy in young people. 

Dolan informs the reader in a clear and precise manner that is organised and easy to read. Dolan takes a variety of approaches to the question and explores them in detail remaining absent from the text, allowing for no detectable bias. The text however is at time convoluted when discussing more complex approaches and becomes un-succinct. 

Despite the informative text, there is a lack of justification in terms of relating the ideas to performed psychological experiments, which questions the reliability of the claims made. The text is recent, and allows for a modern perspective on the topic.