Construct validity of a two-factor model of Psychopathy

Heather Douglas, Miles Bore, Don Munro

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


There is currently limited evidence for the two-factor structure of Psychopathy. The aim was to provide evidence for the construct validity of Primary and Secondary Psychopathy. Batteries including the Five Factor Model, the Hogan Development Survey, and Narcissism, Machiavellianism, Empathy, and Aggression, were administered to 241 undergraduate psychology students. Confirmatory factor analysis indicated that a two component structure fitted the data reasonably well (chi-square = 1.939, CFI = .799, RMSEA = .063). The strongest markers of Primary Psychopathy were Agreeableness, Empathy, and the HDS Bold and HDS Colourful subscales, while the strongest markers of Secondary Psychopathy were Neuroticism, Conscientiousness, and HDS Excitable. It was concluded that preliminary evidence for the two-factor model of Psychopathy had been gained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-248
Number of pages6
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • construct validity
  • Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale
  • Five-Factor Model
  • Hogan Development Survey

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Construct validity of a two-factor model of Psychopathy'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this