Special Issue Article
Psychopathic Traits in Females and Males across the Globe
Article first published online: 21 SEP 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Behavioral Sciences & the Law
Special Issue: Violent and Aggressive Behaviors in Women: Part II
Volume 30, Issue 5, pages 557–574, September/October 2012
How to Cite
Neumann, C. S., Schmitt, D. S., Carter, R., Embley, I. and Hare, R. D. (2012), Psychopathic Traits in Females and Males across the Globe. Behav. Sci. Law, 30: 557–574. doi: 10.1002/bsl.2038
- Issue published online: 8 OCT 2012
- Article first published online: 21 SEP 2012
The current study examined the prevalence and structure of psychopathic traits in females and males using a very large world sample (N = 33,016, females = 19,183). Psychopathic traits were assessed with the Self-Report Psychopathy (SRP) scale, and structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to test the four-factor model of psychopathy (interpersonal, affective, lifestyle, antisocial) both in the total sample and in the separate samples of females and males. Multi-sample confirmatory factor analysis was used to test for invariance of model parameters across sex as well as across females from different world regions. Inferential statistics were used to examine how the mean-level average of the four SRP facets varied as a function of culture and sex. Finally, the SRP data were linked to objective world health data (e.g., mortality, fertility, gross domestic product) from relevant world regions. The results indicated good support for the four-factor model, as well as invariance across sex and reasonably good evidence of invariance across females from different world regions. Variation in the elevation of SRP facet scores across major world regions suggested that cultural factors moderated the expression of the level of psychopathic propensities and that these traits were strongly correlated with the world health data. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.