A Further Evaluation of the Triarchic Conceptualization of Psychopathy in College Students

  • M. Brent Donnellan
  • S. Alexandra Burt


The current study provides additional information about the nomological networks of the personality dimensions associated with the triarchic conceptualization of psychopathy – boldness, meanness, and disinhibition (Patrick et al. 2009). All analyses were based on a sample of college students (N = 633 to 637; 50 % women). We evaluated correlations between measures of the triarchic constructs and measures of the facets and domains of the Five-Factor Model (FFM). We also evaluated associations between triarchic constructs and measures of self-esteem, narcissism, aggression and antisocial behavior and tested whether the triarchic measures increment measures of the FFM for predicting these variables. We replicated and extended previous studies concerning the correlates of boldness, meanness, and disinhibition. We also found evidence that measures of the triarchic dimensions incremented measures of the FFM, especially when considering self-reported antisocial behavior.


Antisocial behavior Five-factor model Triarchic model Personality assessment Psychopathy 


Conflict of Interest

M. Brent Donnellan, S. Alexandra Burt declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Experiment Participants

The research was deemed exempt by the Institutional Review Board of the university where the data were collected. All participants provided informed consent by clicking on the appropriate box in the online survey.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyTexas A & M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

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