A taxometric analysis of psychopathy in a Chinese prison sample

Fen REN, Xiaomin Nicky LI, Gongxiang CHEN, Meng-Cheng WANG, Fangjing XIA

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Abstract

As psychopathy is one of the major personality disorders—relating to severe pathological syndromes of personality—clarity concerning the nature of the latent structure of psychopathy is necessary for accurate assessment. In the present study, psychopathy was assessed in 339 Chinese male prisoners aged 18 to 35 years with three subscales of the Youth Psychopathy Trait Inventory – Short Version (YPI‐SV). Three different taxometric analyses were used to assess the taxonicity of psychopathy, and a three‐factor solution to the YPI‐SV was used as the basis of the analysis. Consistency tests of the three different procedures showed strongly that the latent structure was dimensional rather than categorical. Moreover, the mean comparison curve fit index was close to .40, which also clearly indicates a dimensional result. These results confirm the fact that the factor solution applies in most studies of psychopathy. Copyright © 2020 Institute of Psychology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPsyCh Journal
Early online dateAug 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Aug 2020

Citation

Ren, F., Li, X., Chen, G., Wang, M.-C., & Xia, F. (2020). A taxometric analysis of psychopathy in a Chinese prison sample. PsyCh Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/pchj.396

Keywords

  • Latent structure
  • Prison
  • Psychopathy
  • Taxometric
  • Youth Psychopathy Trait Inventory – Short Version (YPI-SV)

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