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A taxometric analysis of psychopathic personality.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15535794     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Although a common assumption throughout much of the professional and popular literature is that psychopaths are qualitatively different from others, very few studies have examined the latent structure of psychopathy. Whether psychopathy is a discrete category or a continuous dimension may have implications for research on the assessment, etiology, and treatment of this disorder. This study examined the latent structure of psychopathy in a sample of 309 jail and prison inmates. Three taxometric procedures were used to analyze indicators drawn from the Psychopathic Personality Inventory (S. O. Lilienfeld & B. P. Andrews, 1996), a self-report instrument. Consistent with prior studies that used other measures of psychopathy, none of the analyses was consistent with a taxonic solution, suggesting that psychopathic personality may be best understood as existing on a continuum.
Authors:
David K Marcus; Siji L John; John F Edens
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of abnormal psychology     Volume:  113     ISSN:  0021-843X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Abnorm Psychol     Publication Date:  2004 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-11-10     Completed Date:  2005-01-11     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0034461     Medline TA:  J Abnorm Psychol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  626-35     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2004 APA.
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341-2447, USA. psy_dkm@shsu.edu
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Antisocial Personality Disorder / classification*,  diagnosis*
Female
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
Personality Assessment
Prisoners / psychology*

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