Using Network Community Detection to Investigate the Psychopathy Levels of Subjects Condemned for Mafia Crimes
16 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2014
Date Written: February 10, 2014
The main objective of this study is to understand what are the psychopathy levels of subjects condemned for Mafia crimes. To this end we will investigate a set of 30 subjects condemned for Mafia crimes and imprisoned in the “Pagliarelli” jail of Palermo (Italy). We will test their psychopathy level by using the PCL-R test. Additionally we will also investigate some other sociological feature of these subjects. This will allow us to characterize these criminals in terms of some psychiatric or sociological features. Such statistical characterization will be performed by using tools and methodologies of Statistical Physics and Network Theory.
We believe that the importance of our study is twofold. On one side, from a clinical point of view, we provide a quantitative assessment of the psychopathy levels of subjects condemned for Mafia crimes. We will show that such criminals are not psychopathic, although they show Deviant and Antisocial behavior and have problematic Interpersonal relationships. On the other side, from a more methodological point of view, we will show how tools and methodologies of Statistical Physics and Network Theory can be usefully used to characterize real-world complex systems of sociological, clinical and biomedical nature.
Keywords: networks, complex systems, psychiatry, psychopathy
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