Using a general model of personality to identify the basic elements of psychopathy.

TitleUsing a general model of personality to identify the basic elements of psychopathy.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
JournalJournal of personality disorders
Volume21
Issue2
Pagination160-78
ISSN0885-579X
Abstract

In the present paper, we outline why we believe that factor analyses of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist Revised (Hare, 2003) are unlikely to yield the basic elements of psychopathy. As an alternative approach, we suggest embedding psychopathy within a broad model of general personality functioning, namely the five factor model (McCrae & Costa, 1990). Drawing on our previous work in the area using expert ratings, correlational approaches, and a "translation" of the PCL-R, we provide a consensus description of the core elements of psychopathy: extremely high interpersonal antagonism, pan-impulsivity, the absence of negative self-directed affect, the presence of angry hostility, and interpersonal assertiveness. We end with a discussion of the implications of this analysis for understanding, researching, and measuring psychopathy.

URLhttp://guilfordjournals.com/doi/full/10.1521/pedi.2007.21.2.160
DOI10.1521/pedi.2007.21.2.160
Short TitleJ Pers Disord
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