Psychopathic Personality in the General Population: Differences and Similarities Across Gender
2017 (English)In: Journal of Personality Disorders, ISSN 0885-579X, E-ISSN 1943-2763, Vol. 31, no 1, 49-74 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study aimed to identify distinct subgroups of adults in a general population sample (N = 2,500; 52.6% females) based on their scores on three psychopathy dimensions. Using latent profile analysis, five groups were identified among males and females separately, including a psychopathic personality group. Multivariate analyses of variance showed that this latter group had higher levels of aggression, offending, substance use, attention-deficit/hyperactivity symptoms, internalizing problems, and maltreatment than most of the other groups. Associated features of males and females with a psychopathic personality were very similar; however, salient gender differences did emerge. Specifically, females with a psychopathic personality were more frequently exposed to sexual abuse, expressed more emotional difficulties, and engaged in higher levels of relational aggression. In conclusion, person-oriented analyses identified adults with a personality that looks like psychopathy, and furthered our understanding of gender similarities and differences in these adults.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Guilford Publications, 2017. Vol. 31, no 1, 49-74 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-56998DOI: 10.1521/pedi_2016_30_237ISI: 000395227100004PubMedID: 26845529ScopusID: 2-s2.0-85014104698OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-56998DiVA: diva2:1087907
FunderSwedish National Board of Health and Welfare