Psychopathy, antisocial personality, suicide risk

Article (PDF Available)inJournal of Abnormal Psychology 110(3):462-70 · September 2001with1973 Reads
Impact Factor: 5.15 · DOI: 10.1037/0021-843X.110.3.462 · Source: PubMed
H. Cleckley (1976) maintained that psychopaths are relatively immune to suicide, but substantial evidence exists for a relationship between antisocial deviance and suicidal acts. This study was the first to explicitly examine suicidal history among psychopathic individuals as defined by R. D. Hare's (1991) Psychopathy Checklist--Revised (PCL-R). Male prison inmates (N = 313) were assessed using the PCL-R and DSM-III-R and DSM-IV criteria (American Psychiatric Association, 1987, 1994) for antisocial personality disorder (APD), and they completed A. Tellegen's (1982) Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire (MPQ). Presence or absence of prior suicide attempts was coded from structured interview and prison file records. Suicide history was significantly related to PCL-R Factor 2 (which reflects chronic antisocial deviance) and to APD diagnosis but was unrelated to PCL-R Factor 1, which encompasses affective and interpersonal features of psychopathy. Higher order MPQ dimensions of Negative Emotionality and low Constraint were found to account for the relationship between history of suicidal attempts and antisocial deviance, indicating that temperament traits may represent a common vulnerability for both.

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    • "In the context of mating psychology, " good genes " is perhaps the answer. Women perceive socially dominant behaviour (Kruger, Fisher, & Jobling, 2003 ), conspicuous consumption (Griskevicius et al., 2007), sexual attractiveness, and charisma (Durante, Griskevicius, Simpson, Cantú, & Li, 2012 ) as indicators of genetic quality, which are all associated with psychopathy (Babiak, Neumann, & Hare, 2010; Lee et al., 2013; Verona, Patrick, & Joiner, 2001). Men's preference for psychopathic traits in women is less well understood, perhaps because psychopathy is hypothesised to have provided fitness only to males and not to females (Jonason, Li, Webster, & Schmitt, 2009). "
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