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Successful Psychopaths

Title: Successful Psychopaths: Investigating the Relationship Between Psychopathy, Protective Factors, and Antisocial Behavior.
Name(s): Gummelt, Haley, author
Carbonell, Joyce, professor directing thesis
Lang, Alan, committee member
Schatschneider, Chris, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Psychopathy was originally defined in terms of emotional-interpersonal deficits and personality characteristics (Cleckley, 1941). However, some researchers also include antisocial behavior in their conceptualization of psychopathy (Hare, 1996a). It is hypothesized that noncriminals can possess the underlying personality traits of psychopathy, even if they do not demonstrate the antisocial deviance that some researchers believe is a core component of the construct. Using a sample of 135 undergraduates, this study uses the Fearless Dominance (FD) and Self-Centered Impulsivity (SC) factors of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory – Revised (PPI-R; Lilienfeld & Widows, 2005) to predict whether protective factors can moderate the relationship between psychopathy and antisocial behavior. Correlations show that FD is not correlated with antisocial behavior and is negatively correlated with some protective factors, whereas SC is correlated with antisocial behavior. Multiple regression analyses indicated that the relationship between SC and antisocial behavior is moderated by Personal Resources, such that Personal Resources can reduce the amount of antisocial behavior in which an individual engages.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3918 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2010.
Date of Defense: June 14, 2010.
Keywords: Antisocial Behavior, Protective Factors, Psychopathy
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Joyce Carbonell, Professor Directing Thesis; Alan Lang, Committee Member; Chris Schatschneider, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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Gummelt, H. (2010). Successful Psychopaths: Investigating the Relationship Between Psychopathy, Protective Factors, and Antisocial Behavior. Retrieved from