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Fearing the unknown? The relationship between familiarity and attitudes towards psychopathy

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Previous research has shown that obtaining the “psychopath” label might imply a whole range of negative implications. When the “psychopath” label is for instance used in court, these people are often perceived as being more dangerous and untreatable, and are more likely to be found guilty. However, one could expect that scientific knowledge on psychopathy and / or working experience with psychopathic individuals might alter prejudices. The current study aimed to explore the relationship between familiarity and negative attitudes towards psychopathy. Familiarity with the “psychopathy” construct, perceived dangerousness, fear and social distance were assessed in professionals from mental health services and justice, and individuals without any affinity with psychopathy. It was expected that in participants without any training on the topic of psychopathy and without working experience with psychopathy the “psychopath” label would be more strongly associated with higher perceived dangerousness, more fear and social distance. Implications for practice will be discussed.
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Psychopathy, labeling, familiarity, attitudes

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Panier, Sophie, Anse Van Remoortere, Aurélie Van den Bogaert, and Katarzyna Uzieblo. 2014. “Fearing the Unknown? The Relationship Between Familiarity and Attitudes Towards Psychopathy.” In The Treatment of Psychopathy : Making the Impossible Possible? Abstracts, 16–16. Antwerp, Belgium: Thomas More.
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Panier, S., Van Remoortere, A., Van den Bogaert, A., & Uzieblo, K. (2014). Fearing the unknown? The relationship between familiarity and attitudes towards psychopathy. The treatment of psychopathy : Making the impossible possible? Abstracts (pp. 16–16). Presented at the The treatment of psychopathy : Making the impossible possible?, Antwerp, Belgium: Thomas More.
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Panier S, Van Remoortere A, Van den Bogaert A, Uzieblo K. Fearing the unknown? The relationship between familiarity and attitudes towards psychopathy. The treatment of psychopathy : Making the impossible possible? Abstracts. Antwerp, Belgium: Thomas More; 2014. p. 16–16.
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Panier, Sophie, Anse Van Remoortere, Aurélie Van den Bogaert, et al. “Fearing the Unknown? The Relationship Between Familiarity and Attitudes Towards Psychopathy.” The Treatment of Psychopathy : Making the Impossible Possible? Abstracts. Antwerp, Belgium: Thomas More, 2014. 16–16. Print.
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  abstract     = {Previous research has shown that obtaining the {\textquotedblleft}psychopath{\textquotedblright} label might imply a whole range of negative implications. When the {\textquotedblleft}psychopath{\textquotedblright} label is for instance used in court, these people are often perceived as being more dangerous and untreatable, and are more likely to be found guilty.  However, one could expect that scientific knowledge on psychopathy and / or working experience with psychopathic individuals might alter prejudices. The current study aimed to explore the relationship between familiarity and negative attitudes towards psychopathy. Familiarity with the {\textquotedblleft}psychopathy{\textquotedblright} construct, perceived dangerousness, fear and social distance were assessed in professionals from mental health services and justice, and individuals without any affinity with psychopathy. It was expected that in participants without any training on the topic of psychopathy and without working experience with psychopathy the {\textquotedblleft}psychopath{\textquotedblright} label would be more strongly associated with higher perceived dangerousness, more fear and social distance. Implications for practice will be discussed.},
  author       = {Panier, Sophie and Van Remoortere, Anse and Van den Bogaert, Aur{\'e}lie and Uzieblo, Katarzyna},
  booktitle    = {The treatment of psychopathy : Making the impossible possible? Abstracts},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Antwerp, Belgium},
  pages        = {16--16},
  publisher    = {Thomas More},
  title        = {Fearing the unknown? The relationship between familiarity and attitudes towards psychopathy},
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