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NCJ Number: 166918 Find in a Library
Title: Psychopathic Disturbance in the Scottish Prison Population: The Cross-Cultural Generalisability of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist
Journal: Psychology, Crime and Law  Volume:2  Issue:2  Dated:(1995)  Pages:101-118
Author(s): D J Cooke
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 18
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: Data from a systematic sample of 310 prison inmates from eight of the 21 prisons in Scotland formed the basis of an analysis of the usefulness of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised, which has clinical and empirical utility in North America, to the Scottish prison population.
Abstract: The inmates were interviewed either by the author or by a research psychology. In addition to measuring psychopathic personality, the researchers used the Schedule for Affective Disorders to measure a range of other psychological disorders. Life events and long-term difficulties were measured using a modified form of the Life Events and Difficulties Schedule. The research also measured the level of social support, the level of identification with prison subculture, demographic characteristics, criminal history, and behavior in prison. Results revealed that estimates of factor congruence, factor strength, and internal reliability indicated that the underlying constructs being measured in North America and Scotland were essentially similar. The observed difference in the prevalence of psychopathology in Scottish prisons as compared with North American prisons was also examined. Findings indicated that this difference is unlikely to be the consequence of rater bias. Figures, tables, and 58 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections in foreign countries
Index Term(s): Criminology; Foreign inmates; Mentally ill inmates; Psychological evaluation; Scotland
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