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NCJ Number: 230087 Find in a Library
Title: Psychopathy and Risk Taking Among Jailed Inmates
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:37  Issue:4  Dated:April 2010  Pages:439-452
Author(s): Marc T. Swogger; Zach Walsh; C. W. Lejuez; David S. Kosson
Date Published: April 2010
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Grant Number: MH57714;MH071897
Document: PDF
Publisher: http://www.sagepub.com 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The present study aimed to clarify relationships between psychopathy and risky behavior among male county jail inmates using both self-reports of real-world risky behaviors and performance on the Balloon Analogue Risk Task (BART), a behavioral measure of risk taking.
Abstract: Several clinical descriptions of psychopathy suggest a link to risk taking, but the empirical basis for this association is not well established. Moreover, it is not clear whether any association between psychopathy and risk taking is specific to psychopathy or reflects shared variance with other externalizing disorders, such as antisocial personality disorder, alcohol use disorders, and drug use disorders. Findings suggest that associations between externalizing disorders and self-reported risk taking largely reflect shared mechanisms. However, psychopathy appears to account for unique variance in self-reported irresponsible and criminal risk taking beyond that associated with other externalizing disorders. By contrast, none of the disorders was associated with risk-taking behavior on the BART, potentially indicating limited clinical utility for the BART in differentiating members of adult offender populations. Tables, notes, and references (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Corrections research
Index Term(s): Illinois; Inmates; Instrument validation; Jails; Male offenders; Psychopaths; Risk taking behavior; Testing and measurement
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