Critical evaluation of psychopathy measurement (PCL-R and SRP-III/SF) and recommendations for future research

Daniel Boduszek, Agata Debowska

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper was to review, summarize, and critically engage with the most recent findings into the dimensionality of the PCL-R, SRP-III, and SRP-SF. Another objective was to provide a set of directions for future research. Methods: A search in PubMed, PsychInfo, Scopus, Web of Science, Science Direct, and Google Scholar was performed. Twenty-one studies examining the dimensionality of the PCL-R and 11 studies assessing the factor structure of the SRP-III and SRP-SF were identified. Results: A critical review of the studies revealed inconsistent findings as to the underlying structure of the PCL-R and SRP-III/SF. Research has been limited by methodological and conceptual weaknesses, which calls into question the applicability of its findings. As such, it is suggested that prior results should be interpreted with caution. Conclusion: Future research should test competing models derived on the basis of previous research and theory, report the results of a differential predictive validity or alternative test, provide all relevant fit indices, utilize new data sets of appropriate size, avoid parceling procedures with short scales, and report the results of composite reliability.

LanguageEnglish
Pages1-12
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice
Volume44
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Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2016

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In: Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol. 44, 01.03.2016, p. 1-12.

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