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Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_1242-1



The Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale (LSRP; Levenson et al. 1995) is a 26-item, self-report measure of psychopathy that was modeled after the Psychopathy Checklist (PCL; Hare 1991), which has a two-factor structure in which factor 1 has traditionally been said to assess the interpersonal and affective components of psychopathy (e.g., manipulativeness, deceitfulness, callousness), whereas factor 2 has been said to assess traits and behaviors related to impulsivity and antisociality. The two factors tend to be strongly related (rs between 0.50 and 0.60), however, due to the assessment of antagonistic traits and behaviors found in both. The LSRP was also influenced by Karpman’s (e.g., 1941) conceptualization of psychopathy, in which he distinguished between primary and secondary psychopathy. Levenson and colleagues tied “factor 1” traits to primary psychopathy and “factor 2” to secondary psychopathy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brandon Weiss
    • 1
  • Chelsea Sleep
    • 2
  • Joshua D. Miller
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA