Psychopathic Traits in Adolescence and the Five Factor Model of Personality

  • Annelore Roose
  • Patricia Bijttebier
  • Laurence Claes
  • Scott O. Lilienfeld
  • Filip De Fruyt
  • Mieke Decuyper


The present study aimed to expand work on psychopathic traits and the Five Factor Model (FFM; Costa and McCrae 1992). The associations between the three factors of psychopathy and personality traits—assessed by means of the Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory (YPI, Andershed et al. 2002) and the Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness Personality Inventory-Revised (NEO PI-R; Costa and McCrae 1992)—were explored in a community sample of 152 male adolescents and young adults. The unique relations of each YPI subscale with the NEO domains/facets were examined by computing partial correlations controlling for the scores on the other two YPI psychopathy subscales. The YPI Callous/Unemotional dimension exhibited negative associations with Extraversion, Openness, and Agreeableness. The YPI Impulsive/Irresponsible factor was positively associated with Extraversion and negatively with Conscientiousness. The YPI Grandiose/Manipulative factor displayed positive associations with Openness and Conscientiousness. We discuss the implications of the differential associations of the three psychopathy factors with the Five Factor domains/facets for theories of the etiology of psychopathy.


Five factor model Psychopathic traits YPI NEO-PI-R 



The authors disclose receipt of the following financial support for the research and/or authorship of this article: PhD fellowship from the Research Foundation, Flanders, Belgium.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Annelore Roose
    • 1
    • 2
  • Patricia Bijttebier
    • 2
  • Laurence Claes
    • 2
  • Scott O. Lilienfeld
    • 3
  • Filip De Fruyt
    • 4
  • Mieke Decuyper
    • 4
  1. 1.Research Assistant of the Research FoundationFlandersBelgium
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyGhent UniversityGhentBelgium

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