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Development and preliminary validation of a self-report measure of psychopathic personality traits in noncriminal populations.
The primary goals of this set of studies were to develop, and initiate the construct validation of, a self-report measure that assesses the major personality traits of psychopathy in noncriminal populations and clarify the nature of these traits via an exploratory approach to test construction.
Conceptual problems in the assessment of psychopathy
Abstract Research on psychopathy has been hindered by a lack of consensus concerning which measures to employ, as well as low levels of agreement among these measures. These problems appear to stem
Psychological Treatments That Cause Harm
  • S. Lilienfeld
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Perspectives on psychological science : a journal…
  • 1 March 2007
The field of psychology should prioritize its efforts toward identifying potentially harmful therapies (PHTs) and place greater emphasis on potentially dangerous than on empirically supported therapies.
Microaggressions: Strong Claims, Inadequate Evidence
The microaggression concept has recently galvanized public discussion and spread to numerous college campuses and businesses. I argue that the microaggression research program (MRP) rests on five c...
Psychopathic Personality
This comprehensive review addresses what psychopathy is, whether variants or subtypes exist, the sorts of causal influences that contribute to psychopathy, how early in development psychopathy can validly be identified, and how psychopathy relates to future criminal behavior and treatment outcomes and provides an integrative descriptive framework--the triarchic model--to help the reader make sense of differing conceptualizations.
Neural Correlates of Social Cooperation and Non-Cooperation as a Function of Psychopathy
These findings suggest that whereas subjects scoring low on psychopathy have emotional biases toward cooperation that can only be overcome with effortful cognitive control, subjects scoring high on Psychopathy have an opposing bias toward defection that likewise can only been overcome with cognitive effort.
The Scientific Status of Projective Techniques
This monograph reviews the current state of the literature concerning the psychometric properties of three major projective instruments: Rorschach Inkblot Test, Thematic Apperception Test (TAT), and human figure drawings and concludes that there is empirical support for the validity of a small number of indexes derived from the Rorshach and TAT.
The Association between Anxiety and Psychopathy Dimensions in Children
In a study of clinically referred children, it is found that measures of trait anxiety and fearlessness (low fearfulness) exhibited low correlations, and distinctions between traitxiety and fearful inhibition, as well as between the two dimensions of psychopathy, may help to clarify longstanding confusion.
Comorbidity Between and Within Childhood Externalizing and Internalizing Disorders: Reflections and Directions
  • S. Lilienfeld
  • Psychology, Medicine
    Journal of abnormal child psychology
  • 1 June 2003
The papers in this Special Section underscore a number of important issues relevant to the comorbidity between and within childhood externalizing and internalizing disorders, and illustrate both methodological and substantive reasons for such comorbridity.
Psychopathic personality or personalities? Exploring potential variants of psychopathy and their implications for risk assessment
Although psychopathy typically has been construed as a relatively uniform construct, seminal theories and contemporary research suggest that it may be heterogeneous. In this article, the most