The construct of psychopathy in a Chilean prison population

Elizabeth León-Mayer, Jorge O. Folino, Craig Neumann, Robert D. Hare
2015 Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria  
Objective: To test the four-factor model of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist -Revised (PCL-R) empirical construct of psychopathy in a Chilean prison population by using instruments that supply different types of data. Methods: Two hundred and nine male inmates of the Prison of Los Andes, Chile, were evaluated. Confirmatory factor analysis was carried out with the PCL-R and the Self-Report of Psychopathy -III -Short Form (SRP-III-SF). Results: The distributions of total PCL-R and SRP-III-SF scores
more » ... were normal (Kolmorogov-Smirnov [K-S] = 1.04, p = 0.230; K-S = 0.812, p = 0.525, respectively), with means of 20.966.8 for the former and 61.6615.2 for the latter. Model fit was good for the PCL-R (Tucker Lewis index [TLI] = 0.96; root mean square error of approximation [RMSEA] = 0.04) and for the SRP-SF (TLI = 0.94, RMSEA = 0.04). Conclusions: The results obtained with the PCL-R and the SRP-SF showed adequate fit to the empirical four-factor model of psychopathy and support this model. As foreseeable, fit was better for the PCL-R, which combines several sources of information.
doi:10.1590/1516-4446-2014-1540 pmid:25946397 fatcat:a57nnjv2lbe6tgq2fhq3vyemeq