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LEON-MAYER, Elizabeth; FOLINO, Jorge O.; NEUMANN, Craig  e  HARE, Robert D.. The construct of psychopathy in a Chilean prison population. Rev. Bras. Psiquiatr. [online]. 2015, vol.37, n.3, pp.191-196.  Epub 01-Maio-2015. ISSN 1809-452X.


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.


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).


The distributions of total PCL-R and SRP-III-SF scores were normal (Kolmorogov-Smirnov [K-S] = 1.04, p = 0.230; K-S = 0.812, p = 0.525, respectively), with means of 20.9±6.8 for the former and 61.6±15.2 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).


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.

Palavras-chave : Psychopathy; assessment; self-reported tool; confirmatory factor analysis; latent variable model.

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