Award Date

1-1-2005

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

First Committee Member

Kim Barchard

Second Committee Member

Jennifer Skeem

Number of Pages

159

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Motivation; Psychopathy; Role; Understanding; Violence

Controlled Subject

Clinical psychology; Personality

File Format

pdf

File Size

4003.84 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Language

English

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Identifier

https://doi.org/10.25669/e1bh-ml1y


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