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Sadistic Personality Disorder
This paper explores the research regarding sadistic personality disorder.
# 105082 | 1,639 words | 5 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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The paper discusses the characteristics of sadistic personality disorder and examines the theories of Lev Vygotsky and Jean Piaget on child development. The paper relates that because of the lack of extensive research in this area and the extensive factors that are indicated as part of sadistic personality disorder, it appears evident that both a biological and environmental influence will impact the disorder's development in children. The paper maintains that more extensive research must be conducted in order to understand how the child and adolescent population is impacted by psychological functioning.

From the Paper:

"Myers, Burket and Husted (2006) state that there has been little research related to sadistic personality disorder in adolescents or children to date (sec. 2). Myers, Burket and Husted (2006) further state that although there has been a growing concentration on sadistic personality disorder due to it being associated with violent criminal activities, the DSM included it in the third version of the manual and alleviated it from version four (sec. 2). Additionally, Myers, Burket and Husted (2006) contend that many psychologists and psychiatrists do not believe that a diagnosis of sadistic personality disorder is valid because of the close association that the symptoms have with other personality disorders, such as anti-social personality disorder (sec. 2)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beck, L. (2001). Child development. New York: Allyn and Bacon.
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition, Revised. (1987). Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
  • Myers, W., Burket, R., and Husted, D. (2006). Sadistic personality disorder and comorbid mental illness in adolescent psychiatric patients. Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and Law Online. Retrieved August 8, 2007, from
  • Parenting style and its correlates. (n.d.). AT Health. Retrieved August 8, 2007, from
  • Sadistic personality disorder. (n.d.). Ptypes. Retrieved August 8, 2007, from

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