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Psychopathic Personality Traits Scale (23-item)

The 23-item Psychopathic Personality Traits Scale is a self-report scale that measures various elements of psychopathic (or sociopathic) personality. It also tests more generally for problems of self-regulation, which is closely related to psychopathy, and is based on the five-factor model of personality, showing that measures of self-regulation and self-control are rough proxies for psychopathy. The Psychopathic Personality Traits Scale was developed as part of a study to examine the genetic foundations to psychopathic personality traits. Its items were generated from a list of items from the International Personality Item Pool. The scale has good internal consistency, with a Cronbach's alpha of 0.82. Test items are scored on a scale from 1 to 5, where 1 = "strongly agree," 2 = "agree," 3 = "neither agree nor disagree," 4 = "disagree," to 5 = "strongly disagree." 14 items are reverse-coded so that higher scores represent higher levels of psychopathic personality traits.

Beaver, Kevin M., Rowland, Meghan W., Schwartz, Joseph A., & Nedelec, Joseph L. (2011). The genetic origins of psychopathic personality traits in adult males and females: Results from an adoption-based study. Journal of Criminal Justice, Vol 39(5), 426-432. doi: 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2011.07.002,
This assessment is for a
male | female
Strongly Disgree Disagree Neither Agree nor Disagree Agree Strongly Agree
1. I sympathize with others’ feelings.
2. I get angry easily.
3. I am not interested in other people's problems.
4. I often forget to put things back in their proper place.
5. I am relaxed most of the time.
6. I am not easily bothered by things.
7. I rarely get irritated.
8. I talk to a lot of different people at parties.
9. I feel others’ emotions.
10. I get upset easily.
11. I get stressed out easily.
12. I lose my temper.
13. I keep in the background.
14. I am not really interested in others.
15. I seldom feel blue.
16. I don't worry about things that have already happened.
17. I keep my cool.
18. I go out of my way to avoid having to deal with problems in my life.
19. When making a decision, I go with my "gut feeling" and don't think much about the consequences of each alternative.
20. I live my life without much thought for the future.
21. Other people determine most of what I can and cannot do.
22. There are many things that interfere with what I want to do.
23. There is really no way I can solve the problems I have.


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