+ Site Statistics
+ Search Articles
+ PDF Full Text Service
How our service works
Request PDF Full Text
+ Follow Us
Follow on Facebook
Follow on Twitter
Follow on LinkedIn
+ Subscribe to Site Feeds
Most Shared
PDF Full Text
+ Translate
+ Recently Requested

An examination of the Dirty Dozen measure of psychopathy: a cautionary tale about the costs of brief measures



An examination of the Dirty Dozen measure of psychopathy: a cautionary tale about the costs of brief measures



Psychological Assessment 24(4): 1048-1053



Given substantial interest in the traits conceived of as part of the "Dark Triad"--psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism--assessment of these traits is of great importance. The Dirty Dozen (DD; Jonason & Webster, 2010) is a brief measure of the Dark Triad constructs that uses 4 items to assess each of these constructs. In the present study, the authors examined the adequacy of the DD's Psychopathy scale by comparing it with established measures of psychopathy in a sample of undergraduates (Sample 1: N = 789) and male prisoners (Sample 2: N = 75). DD's Psychopathy subscale manifested significant correlations with established measures, but the correlations were smaller than those evinced by the existing scales. The results also demonstrated that there is important variance related to interpersonal antagonism and disinhibition that is not assessed by the DD. The authors suggest that caution should be used in relying on the DD as a measure of psychopathy.

Please choose payment method:






(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 051487191

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

PMID: 22612650

DOI: 10.1037/a0028583


Related references

The dirty dozen: a concise measure of the dark triad. Psychological Assessment 22(2): 420-432, 2010

Using the HEXACO model to test the validity of the Dirty Dozen measure of the Dark Triad. Personality and Individual Differences 53(7), 2012

An examination of the Validity of the Elemental Psychopathy Assessment: Relations with Other Psychopathy Measures, Aggression, and Externalizing Behaviors. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment 33(3): 315-322, 2011

How dirty are the dirty dozen ingredients in cosmetics?. Skinmed 10(5): 305-308, 2012

Getting the Measure of Emotion - and the Cautionary Tale of Emotional Intelligence. Human Relations 57(6): 719-740, 2004

Biobehavioral measures as outcomes: a cautionary tale. Research in Gerontological Nursing 7(2): 56-65, 2014

A test of two brief measures of the dark triad: the dirty dozen and short dark triad. Psychological Assessment 26(1): 326-331, 2014

Granulomatous mastitis can mimic breast cancer on clinical, radiological or cytological examination: a cautionary tale. Breast 13(3): 261; Author Reply 262, 2004

Granulomatous mastitis can mimic breast cancer on clinical, radiological or cytological examination: a cautionary tale. Breast 12(4): 283-286, 2003

"The Dirty Dozen". American Health and Drug Benefits 11(6): 271-272, 2018

The Dirty Dozen. Horticulture 101(5): A2, A4, A6, A8, A10, 2004

The dirty dozen. Anasthesiologie, Intensivmedizin, Notfallmedizin, Schmerztherapie 44(1): 28-29, 2009

The dirty dozen. Jems 32(12): 30, 2007

The dirty dozen. Organic Gardening (1988): 9, 1999

OSHAs Dirty Dozen. Laboratory Medicine 24(5): 305-306, 1993