Antisocial burnout: an exploratory study.
J. Arboleda-Florez and H. L. Holley,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law
19(2): 173-83, 1991.
The more flagrant aspects of Antisocial Personality Disorder (APD), particularly criminality, are
thought to diminish or "burnout" after age 30. However, empirical evidence of burnout in clinically
defined groups is lacking. This study explores burnout in a cohort of forensic psychiatric patients,
aged 41 to 67, with clinically diagnosed DSM-III APD (N = 39). Conviction data revealed that
criminality did appear to decline from age 27 onward, but not in a straightforward manner. Further,
a significant portion of the cohort remained criminally active throughout most of their adult lives.
Age did not appear to interact with crime class.