Title

Estimating Facets of Psychopathy From Normal Personality Traits: A Step Toward Community Epidemiological Investigations

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2005

Publication Title

Assessment

Volume

12

Issue

1

First page number:

3

Last page number:

18

Abstract

In three samples consisting of community and undergraduate men and women and incarcerated men, we examined the criterion validity of two distinct factors of psychopathy embodied in the Psychopathic Personality Inventory (PPI) as indexed by primary trait scales from the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire (MPQ). Consistent with the PPI factors themselves, MPQ-estimated PPI-I related negatively with internalizing disorder symptoms and fearfulness and positively with thrill and adventure seeking, sociability, activity, and narcissism. MPQ-estimated PPI-II was associated negatively with socialization and positively with externalizing disorder symptoms, impulsivity, disinhibition and boredom susceptibility, and trait anxiety and negative emotionality. Additionally, PPI-I was selectively related to the interpersonal facet of Factor 1 of the Psychopathy Checklist—Revised (PCL-R), whereas PPI-II was related preferentially to Factor 2 of the PCL-R.

Keywords

Psychopathic personality inventory; Multidimensional personality questionnaire; Psycho-pathy; Personality; Self-report; Construct validity

Disciplines

Personality and Social Contexts | Psychology | Social and Behavioral Sciences

Language

English

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