The Validity of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory-Revised in a Community Sample

Katarzyna Uzieblo, Bruno Verschuere, Eva Van den Bussche, Geert Crombez

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Research on the Psychopathic Personality Inventory-Revised (PPI-R) has revealed two factors: Fearless Dominance, and Self-Centered Impulsivity. This study examined the validity of these PPI-R factors in a community sample (N = 675). First, confirmatory factor analyses did not support the two-factor structure. Second, the PPI-R factors showed good convergent and discriminant validity with two other self-report measures of psychopathy, that is, the Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory and Levenson's Self-Report of Psychopathy. Third, PPI-R factors exhibited good external validity in relation to various theoretically relevant correlates. The results indicate that the PPI-R factors have good convergent, discriminant, and external validity, but confirmatory factor analysis raises concerns about the robustness of the two-factor structure.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)334-346
Number of pages13
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010


  • psychopathy
  • self-report measures
  • validity
  • community
  • Psychopathic Personality Inventory-Revised
  • Levenson's Self-Report Measure for Psychopathy
  • Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory


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