The nurse is caring for a patient who is diagnosed with antisocial personality disorder. The patient has a history of fighting, cruelty to animals, and stealing. Which of the following traits would the nurse be most likely to uncover?


•Patients with antisocial personality disorder exhibit a low tolerance for frustration, emotional immaturity, and a lack of impulse control.

•Antisocial personality disorder is characterized by a pervasive pattern of disregard for and violation of the rights of others and with the central characteristics of deceit and manipulation.

•Patients commonly have a history of unemployment, miss work repeatedly and quit work without other plans for employment. They don’t feel guilt about their behavior and commonly perceive themselves as victims. They also display a lack of responsibility for the outcome of their actions. Because of a lack of trust in others, patients with antisocial personality disorder commonly have difficulty developing stable, close relationships.

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