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Law Hum Behav. 2011 Dec;35(6):440-51. doi: 10.1007/s10979-010-9249-x.

Elaborating on the construct validity of the Levenson self-report psychopathy scale in incarcerated and non-incarcerated samples.

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Department of Psychology, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0348, USA. msellbom@ua.edu

Abstract

The Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale (LSRP) is a promising, efficient measure of the psychopathic personality. Previous examinations of its latent structure have yielded inconsistent results; therefore, the goal of the current study was to evaluate previously reported two- and three-factor models in three separate groups of male correctional inmates (n = 573), male college students (n = 202), and female college students (n = 200). Confirmatory factor analyses revealed that the best-fitting model across all the three groups was the three-factor model proposed by Brinkley et al. (Assessment 15:464-482, 2008). The convergent and discriminant validity of this three-factor structure as well as a revised 19-item total score were elaborated on in terms of predicting scores on conceptually relevant external criteria. The LSRP total and factor scales evidenced good convergent and discriminant validity with a few notable exceptions. Implications for theory and future research are discussed.

PMID:
20953972
DOI:
10.1007/s10979-010-9249-x
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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