Examining the Factor Structure of the Self-Report of Psychopathy Short-Form Across Four Young Adult Samples.

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Psychopathy refers to a range of complex behaviors and personality traits, including callousness and antisocial behavior, typically studied in criminal populations. Recent studies have used self-reports to examine psychopathic traits among noncriminal samples. The goal of the current study was to examine the underlying factor structure of the Self-Report of Psychopathy Scale-Short Form (SRP-SF) across complementary samples and examine the impact of gender on factor structure. We examined the structure of the SRP-SF among 2,554 young adults from three undergraduate samples and a high-risk young adult sample. Using confirmatory factor analysis, a four-correlated factor model and a four-bifactor model showed good fit to the data. Evidence of weak invariance was found for both models across gender. These findings highlight that the SRP-SF is a useful measure of low-level psychopathic traits in noncriminal samples, although the underlying factor structure may not fully translate across men and women.

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Cited Authors

  • Dotterer, HL; Waller, R; Neumann, CS; Shaw, DS; Forbes, EE; Hariri, AR; Hyde, LW

Published Date

  • December 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 1062 - 1079

PubMed ID

  • 27052364

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC5053911

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-3489

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1073-1911

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1073191116640355


  • eng