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Applicability of traditional and revised models of psychopathy to the Psychopathy Checklist: screening version
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  • Jennifer L. Skeem, University of Nevada
  • Edward P. Mulvey, University of Pittsburgh
  • Thomas Grisso, University of Massachusetts Medical School
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Department of Psychology
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Adult; Factor Analysis, Statistical; Female; Humans; Male; *Mental Disorders; Reproducibility of Results
Recently, psychopathy has become virtually synonymous with the Psychopathy Checklist (PCL) measures. However, the "gold standard" 2-factor model that underlines these measures has been questioned for its uncertain empirical support and emphasis on antisocial behavior that is not specific to psychopathic personality deviation. This study (N = 870 civil psychiatric patients) compares the fit of the traditional 2-factor model with that of a revised 3-factor model of psychopathy. The revised model better describes the structure of the Screening Version of the PCL (PCL:SV) than the traditional model. Although the revised model's exclusion of some items that assess antisocial behavior reduces the PCL:SV's power in predicting patient violence, this model arguably assesses psychopathy in a more specific, theoretically coherent fashion that may reduce misapplications of the construct. Implications for future research are discussed.
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Citation: Psychol Assess. 2003 Mar;15(1):41-55.
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Jennifer L. Skeem, Edward P. Mulvey and Thomas Grisso. "Applicability of traditional and revised models of psychopathy to the Psychopathy Checklist: screening version" Vol. 15 Iss. 1 (2003) ISSN: 1040-3590 (Linking)
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