Title

Factor Structure of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory: Validity and Implications for Clinical Assessment.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-1-2003

Publication Title

Psychological Assessment

Volume

15

Issue

3

First page number:

340

Last page number:

350

Abstract

Psychopathy is a personality disorder characterized by impulsive antisocial deviance in the context of emotional and interpersonal detachment. A factor analysis of the subscales of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory (PPI) yielded evidence for 2 factors. One factor showed relations with external criteria mirroring those of the emotional-interpersonal facet of psychopathy, including high dominance, low anxiety, and venruresomeness. The other factor showed relations paralleling those of the social deviance facet of psychopathy, including positive correlations with antisocial behavior and substance abuse, negative correlations with socioeconomic status and verbal ability, and personality characteristics including high negative emotionally and low behavioral constraint. Findings support using the PPI to assess these facets of psychopathy in community samples and to explore their behavioral correlates and genetic-neurobiological underpinnings. (APA PsycInfo Database Record (c) 2016 APA, all rights reserved)

Keywords

Psychopathic personality inventory; Psychopathy; Personality disorder; PPI; External criteria factor; Social deviance facets

Disciplines

Medicine and Health Sciences | Mental Disorders | Psychiatry and Psychology

Language

English

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