Abstract

The Psychopathic Personality Inventory (PPI) is a self-report measure which was created by Lilienfeld and Andrews (1996) to identify the personality traits of psychopathy in noncriminal populations. These personality traits were grouped into eight subscales in the PPI including Machiavellian Egocentricity, Social Potency, Coldheartedness, Carefree Nonplanfulness, Fearlessness, Blame Extemalization, Impulsive Nonconformity and Stress Immunity. In this study, the relationship between the PPI and four theoretically related concepts (psychopathy, empathy, sensation seeking and driving anger) were examined to evaluate its concurrent and construct validity. A positive correlation was found between the PPI and the Self-Rep0l1 Psychopathy Scale, the Driving Anger Scale, the Amett Inventory of Sensation Seeking and the Interpersonal Reactivity Index. Contrastingly, a negative correlation was found between the PPI's Coldheartedness Subscale and the Interpersonal Reactivity Index. The results of this study have helped to further the conceptualization of the successful psychopath and the validity of the PPI in its assessment.

LLU Discipline

Clinical Psychology

Department

Psychology

School

School of Science and Technology

First Advisor

Burley, Todd

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Level

Ph.D.

Year Degree Awarded

January 2010

Date (Title Page)

9-1-2010

Language

English

Subject - Local

Psychopathic Personality Inventory, PPI, Psychopathy, Self-Report Psychopathy Scale, Driving Anger Scale, Arnett Inventory of Sensation Seeking, Interpersonal Reactivity Index

Type

Dissertation

Page Count

76 p.

Digital Format

Application/PDF

Digital Publisher

Loma Linda University Libraries

Usage Rights

The author has granted Loma Linda University a limited, non-exclusive right to make this publication available to the public. The author retains all other rights.

Collection

Loma Linda University Electronic Theses & Dissertations

Collection Website

http://scholarsrepository.llu.edu/etd/

Repository

Loma Linda University. Del E. Webb Memorial Library. University Archives

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