Predicting Future Criminal Offending in a Community-Based Sample of Males Using Self-Reported Psychopathy

Michael J. Vitacco, Craig S. Neumann, Dustin A. Pardini

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This study evaluated the utility of the Self-Report of Psychopathy-III (SRP-III) for predicting three classes (i.e., violence, theft, and serious charges) of criminal charges in a sample of community-based males (N = 417). This is the first study to examine the potential of the SRP-III to predict future criminal behavior in a community-based sample. Official criminal records were obtained on average 3.5 years after initial SRP-III assessment. Area under the curve analyses indicated fair predictive power for SRP-III total and factor scores, and after controlling for a host of risk factors, SRP-III measured psychopathy predicted charges for violent and serious offenses, but not theft. Notably, additional analyses revealed none of the individual SRP-III facets uniquely predicted future offending when entered into a regression model. The findings of this study indicate the SRP-III holds some promise as an assessment instrument in the prediction of violent and serious offenses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)345-363
Number of pages19
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Self-Report of Psychopathy
  • adolescents
  • antisocial behavior
  • psychopathy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • General Psychology
  • Law


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