Law and Human Behavior

, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp 677–689 | Cite as

Diagnostic validity of antisocial personality disorder

A prototypical analysis
  • Richard Rogers
  • Kenneth L. Dion
  • Elizabeth Lynett


Competing models of antisocial personality disorder have important consequences for mentally disordered offenders and their management in the criminal justice system. In order to provide a fresh perspective on these enduring diagnostic problems, we conducted a prototypical analysis on 250 adult subjects' perceptions of psychopathy from a set of criteria, which included DSM-II, DSM-III, DSM-III-R, and Psychopathy Checklist (PCL) scores. Through principal components analysis we identified four factors: (a) impaired relationships and deception, (b) aggressive behavior, (c) nonviolent delinquency, and (d) frequent sexual relationships not attributable to mental illness/substance abuse. These factors appear to be more closely allied with PCL and two new proposals for DSM-IV than the current DSM-III-R model.


Principal Component Analysis Social Psychology Aggressive Behavior Criminal Justice Justice System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Rogers
    • 1
  • Kenneth L. Dion
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Lynett
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North TexasDenton
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Forensic Training and Research Center, Department of PsyciatryUniversity of Massachusetts Medical CenterUSA

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