Are you telling the truth? Psychopathy assessment and impression management in a community sample

Freeman, James E. & Samson, Freya (2012) Are you telling the truth? Psychopathy assessment and impression management in a community sample. The Open Criminology Journal, 5, pp. 16-23.

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Objectives: Researchers have suggested that approximately 1% of individuals within the community have psychopathic tendencies (Neumann and Hare, 2008), although confirmatory evidence is scant.

Design: The current study aimed to extend previous research beyond university student samples to explore the effect of impression management and self-deception on the identification of psychopathic traits.

Methods: A non-incarcerated community sample comprising of 300 adults completed the Self-Reported Psychopathy scale – version 3 (SRP-III; Paulhus, Hemphill & Hare, in press) as well as the Paulhus Deception Scales (PDS; Paulhus, 1998).

Results: Results indicated that at least 1% of the current community sample had clear psychopathic tendencies, and that such tendencies were found in younger males who mis-used alcohol.

Conclusions: Importantly, individuals with psychopathic traits did not present with an inflated propensity to distort assessment responses, which provides support for future research endeavours that aim to conduct larger-scale psychopathy assessments within the community. This paper further outlines the study implications in regards to the practical assessment of psychopathy.

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ID Code: 53980
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: psychopathy, impression management, assessment
DOI: 10.2174/1874917801205010016
ISSN: 1874-9178
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 The Authors
Deposited On: 04 Oct 2012 22:55
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2017 08:56

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