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Assessing the validity of two measures of psychopathy in an Australian undergraduate sample

posted on 2023-05-26, 16:43 authored by McBain, Allison
Psychopathy is a personality construct that holds a prominent position in psychology and psychiatry, particularly within forensic psychology. The aim of the present paper is to provide a review of the historical and theoretical conceptualisation of psychopathy and to evaluate the development and use of psychopathy assessment measures. A brief review of research findings into the relationship between psychopathy and criminality is presented as a means of highlighting the importance of the psychopathy construct particularly the implications it holds for mental health services and forensic services, as well as the general community. The present paper will also review the current criticisms relating to psychopathy research, in particular, around lack of research into noncriminal psychopathy and sex differences between the occurrences of psychopathy. Finally a discussion of the use of self-report measures for assessing noncriminal psychopathy will occur, focusing specifically on two measures; the Self-Report Psychopathy Scale ‚ÄövÑvÆ III and the Psychopathic Personality Inventory ‚ÄövÑvÆ Revised.


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