Assessing the external correlates of alternative factor models of the psychopathic personality inventory-short form across three samples

Shannon Toney Smith, John F. Edens, Michael G. Vaughn

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Abstract

This study investigated various theoretically relevant correlates of a short form of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory (PPI; Lilienfeld Andrews, 1996) using archival data from large undergraduate, foster care, and juvenile offender samples. External correlates of the 2 primary scales (PPI-I and PPI-II) and the Coldheartedness subscale were for the most part consistent with prior findings. Analyses for an alternate factor model in which the Fearlessness subscale loaded onto PPI-II (rather than PPI-I) resulted in relatively few substantial changes to the pattern of correlations with criterion measures, but a third factor that included the Coldheartedness and Carefree Nonplanfulness subscales functioned differently than Coldheartedness alone in these data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-256
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Volume93
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 May

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research involving the foster youth sample was supported by National Institute on Mental Health grant, R01MH 61404.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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