Recurrent failure to resist impulses to steal objects that are not needed for personal use or their monetary value.
Increasing sense of tension immediately before committing the theft.
Pleasure or relief at the time of committing the theft.
Stealing is not committed to express anger or vengeance and is not in response to a delusion or hallucination.
The stealing is not better accounted for by Conduct Disorder, a Manic Episode, or Antisocial Personality Disorder.
Today, kleptomania is considered far more prevalent than originally believed.
The purpose of this section on our website is to help individuals, family members, therapists and researchers better understand this common psychological issue by continually providing an updated reference to a variety of published psychological studies (most current first), with a brief summary of
Findings or conclusions, when available. In addition, NASP has posted and will continually post on its website, a variety of articles on shoplifting which you can read by clicking on “Articles” in this National Learning and Resource Center.
To search for a study abstract, review the full study or seek other psychological studies, you may access the following common websites:
You may be pleased to know that NASP uses these and other psychological studies to develop and update its various assessments and programs. Here are relevant studies we selected which may interest you.