The triarchic psychopathy model

Theory and measurement

Authored by: Martin Sellbom

Routledge International Handbook of Psychopathy and Crime

Print publication date:  August  2018
Online publication date:  August  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138085169
eBook ISBN: 9781315111476
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The current chapter reviews the triarchic model, which is a newer, integrative perspective of the psychopathic personality comprised of Boldness, Meanness, and disinhibition. Empirical research using the model has been generally supported along with various measures of the triarchic model, all of which are reviewed here. Research has been promising in terms of linking triarchic psychopathy domains to various putative etiological mechanisms, including neurophysiological correlates of these domains as they relate to processing of various types of information and decision-making. However, considerably more work is needed in this regard to more fully understand the distinct mechanisms that underlie these domains. It will also be essential to more broadly examine how these mechanisms overlap with general (maladaptive) personality for a wider framework. In addition, systematic consideration of environmental factors, including how they interact with neurobehavioral domains, in the development and manifestation of psychopathy is critical to further our understanding of this important clinical disorder.

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