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Assessing the validity of two measures of psychopathy in an Australian undergraduate sample


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McBain, Allison 2010 , 'Assessing the validity of two measures of psychopathy in an Australian undergraduate sample', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Psychopathy is a personality construct that holds a prominent position in
psychology and psychiatry, particularly within forensic psychology. The aim of the
present paper is to provide a review of the historical and theoretical conceptualisation
of psychopathy and to evaluate the development and use of psychopathy assessment
measures. A brief review of research findings into the relationship between
psychopathy and criminality is presented as a means of highlighting the importance of
the psychopathy construct particularly the implications it holds for mental health
services and forensic services, as well as the general community. The present paper
will also review the current criticisms relating to psychopathy research, in particular,
around lack of research into noncriminal psychopathy and sex differences between the
occurrences of psychopathy. Finally a discussion of the use of self-report measures
for assessing noncriminal psychopathy will occur, focusing specifically on two
measures; the Self-Report Psychopathy Scale — III and the Psychopathic Personality
Inventory — Revised.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:McBain, Allison
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MPsych(Clin))--University of Tasmania, 2010. Includes bibliographical references

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