Examining the construct validity of the elemental psychopathy assessment

Joshua D. Miller, Eric T. Gaughan, Jessica Maples, Brittany Gentile, Donald R. Lynam, Thomas A. Widiger

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Lynam and colleagues recently developed a new self-report inventory for the assessment of psychopathy, the Elemental Psychopathy Assessment (EPA). Using a sample of undergraduates (N = 227), the authors examined the construct validity of the EPA by examining its correlations with self and stranger ratings on the Five-Factor Model, as well as self-reported ratings of personality disorders, social cognition, and love styles. The EPA psychopathy scores manifested expected correlations with both self and stranger ratings of the Five-Factor Model, particularly with the domains of Agreeableness and Conscientiousness, and were significantly related to various forms of personality pathology such as narcissism and antisocial personality disorders. The EPA also manifested expected relations with aggressive social cognitions. Finally, the EPA psychopathy scores were correlated with romantic love styles indicative of game playing and infidelity. The current results provide further evidence of the construct validity of the EPA as it manifests relations consistent with the nomological network of psychopathy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-114
Number of pages9
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2011


  • assessment
  • five-factor model
  • love styles
  • personality
  • personality disorders
  • psychopathy
  • social cognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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