Gender differences in psychopathy in a Swedish offender sample
2005 (English)In: Behavioral sciences & the law (Print), ISSN 0735-3936, E-ISSN 1099-0798, Vol. 23, no 6, 837-850 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In this study we examined gender differences in the PCL:SV employing a variety of statistical methods with two subsets of psychopathic individuals drawn from larger samples of 129 female and 499 male Swedish offenders. The larger samples included forensic psychiatric patients, forensic psychiatric evaluees and criminal offenders. We found gender differences in antisocial behavior, as defined in factor 2 of the PCL:SV, with female psychopaths (PCL:SV >= 18) displaying significantly more lying, deceitfulness and lack of control, while male psychopaths were more antisocial as measured by the PCL:SV. We conclude that it might be meaningful to use gender specific definitions in the assessment of psychopathy or, alternatively, slightly revise the diagnostic tools. Our results support the use of the three-factor model of the PCL-R and PCL:SV introduced by Cooke and Michie (2001) in female populations
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Wiley & Sons, 2005. Vol. 23, no 6, 837-850 p.
Research subject Psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-54040DOI: 10.1002/bsl.674ISI: 000234574000007PubMedID: 16333809ScopusID: 2-s2.0-30544444089OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-54040DiVA: diva2:1057672