- Paperback: 124 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 146626618X
- ISBN-13: 978-1466266186
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.3 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942,605 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pass The PCL-R: Your guide to Passing the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised AKA The Psychopath Test
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According to the author, the general prison population scores around 23, and tests administered by trained professionals can range as much as six points in final score. So, it could be a close call. The PCL-R is designed to be administered and evaluated by a psychiatrist trained specifically in this matter, but that interviewer must rely heavily upon historical documentation and notes about current behavior recorded by others -- many of whom are non-professionals, but are conversant with the factors that influence the scoring of symptoms, and clearly none of whom can be expected to be an inmate's advocate.
Personal efforts to develop the day-to-day skills required for survival in penitentiary could be interpreted as high-scoring (adverse) behaviors. The book emphasizes recall, if not development, of pre-incarceration personal stories expressing positive life experiences to provide interview counterweight to the documentation in the inmate's file. As a reading gift for the incarcerated, this book probably should be accompanied by one or all of the titles found through an Amazon search for "Change Your Story"...possession of these self-help titles could provoke notes by the observers of the inmate's newly-found and sincere interest in turning a sad and sordid life around, and avoid confiscation of this book as contraband.
Although important, the PCL-R rarely stands alone, and the author emphasizes the need for corroborating material, beyond interview patter, especially other test results. In the final chapters, which could be expanded in the next edition, complimentary approaches to Rorschach and MMPI evaluations are briefly discussed.
Sadly, and at the cost of a star, the book misses an important audience -- those who have "failed" their initial PCL-R, have been remanded to extended custody, and need to use the time effectively to focus on remediation for their next interview and parole opportunity. The skills required for a successful re-take of the PCL-R differ substantially from those required to pass the test in its initial administration as the interviewing psychiatrist will have at hand a full record of the first test. Pity the poor recidivist.
This is a self-published book, unique, an imaginative and fun effort, but does show some composition and editing weaknesses. It's an easy read and unlikely to make much difference to an inmate's dilemma ... at least until available in audio format, as physical possession of this softback, if not confiscated as contraband, would, of course, be noted in the inmate's record.