Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
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Psychopathy has become of considerable interest to the legal system because of its reliable association with violence. Although psychopathy is largely defined by the PCL-R, this measure has been heavily criticized (1) for inclusion of specific counts of antisocial behavior and, (2) for identifying a heterogeneous group of individuals who differ systematically in their basic personality dimensions. These criticisms have led to several questions regarding the nature of the relation between core psychopathy and violence. The present study sought to clarify the nature of the relationship between psychopathy and violence by (a) examining the unique relationship between core psychopathy and violence and, (b) examining subgroups of psychopathic individuals and their propensity and motivation for violence in a sample of 189 offenders.
Motivation; Psychopathy; Role; Understanding; Violence
Clinical psychology; Personality
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Camp, Jacqueline Patricia, "Understanding psychopathy and violence: The role of motivation" (2005). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2219.