Relationships between psychopathy and impulsivity in the domain of self-reported personality features
Psychopathy Impulsivity UPPS Psychopathic personality inventory, revised Personality traits Personality disorders
Impulsivity is widely accepted as a characteristic of psychopathy. However, both psychopathy and impulsivity are multi-faceted constructs, and theory suggests that primary and secondary variants of psychopathy may differ in their manifestations of impulsivity-related features. Using a sample of 92 offenders, this study used the fearless dominance (FD) and self-centered impulsivity (SCI) factors of the psychopathic personality inventory - revised (PPI-R; Lilienfeld, S.O., & Widows, M.R. (2005). Psychological assessment inventory - revised (PPI-R). Lutz, FL: Psychological Assessment Resources.), respectively, as proxy indicators of primary and secondary psychopathy, and examined their relations to multiple impulsivity- related constructs. Bivariate and hierarchical regression analyses revealed that FD and SCI have different patterns of association with impulsivity-related constructs and that these patterns are generally consistent with theoretical expectations. The results suggest that measures of impulsivity may be useful in identifying psychopathy subtypes.
Scholar Commons Citation
Ray, James; Poythress, Norman G.; Weir, John M.; and Rickelm, Angela, "Relationships between psychopathy and impulsivity in the domain of self-reported personality features" (2009). Mental Health Law & Policy Faculty Publications. 62.