An Investigation of Psychopathy in a Female Jail Sample: a Study of Convergent and Discriminant Validity

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The present study was designed to assess both the construct of psychopathy in a female jail sample as well as the quality of the measures that have been employed to assess this personality style. Utilizing the multitrait-multimethod matrix proposed by Campbell and Fiske (1959), the construct of psychopathy was measured via three instruments: (a) the Antisocial Scale of the Personality Assessment Inventory, (b) the Psychopathy Checklist - Revised, and (c) the Antisocial Scale of the Personality Disorder Examination. In addition, the predictive validity of each of these measures of psychopathy was evaluated to determine their ability to predict institutional violence ... continued below

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Salekin, Randall T. (Randall Todd) May 1996.

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The present study was designed to assess both the construct of psychopathy in a female jail sample as well as the quality of the measures that have been employed to assess this personality style. Utilizing the multitrait-multimethod matrix proposed by Campbell and Fiske (1959), the construct of psychopathy was measured via three instruments: (a) the Antisocial Scale of the Personality Assessment Inventory, (b) the Psychopathy Checklist - Revised, and (c) the Antisocial Scale of the Personality Disorder Examination. In addition, the predictive validity of each of these measures of psychopathy was evaluated to determine their ability to predict institutional violence and non-compliance. The results revealed significant convergence and divergence across the three instruments supporting the construct of psychopathy in a female jail sample. In addition, the measures of psychopathy demonstrated moderate predictive validity.

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Salekin, Randall T. (Randall Todd). An Investigation of Psychopathy in a Female Jail Sample: a Study of Convergent and Discriminant Validity, thesis, May 1996; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc277640/: accessed November 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .