Modern Psychological Studies
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
Psychopathy has many implications for society at large. These individuals are likely to commit violent crimes, manifest other antisocial behavior, and make up a large portion of the prison population. This study aims to establish a relationship between sensation seeking, psychopathy, and deception. A sample of 100 undergraduate students enrolled in psychology courses in a southern university completed three questionnaires assessing their level of sensation seeking (SSS-V), deception (MACH-IV), and psychopathy (TriPM). Each of the three distinct phenotypic constructs measured by the TriPM were also correlated with total SSS-V and MACH-IV scores. Pearson and Spearman correlations revealed significant relationships between TriPM and MACH-IV (rho = .28, r = .288, p = .01); TriPM and SSS-V (rho = .583, r = .587, p = .01); MACH-IV and SSS-V (rho = .201, r = .247, p = .05). Pearson correlations revealed TriPM phenotypic construct relationships with SSS-V and MACH-IV as well. Meanness was related to MACH-IV (r =.457, p = .01) and SSS-V (r = .457, p = .01). The relation between Disinhibition and MACH-IV (r = .287, p = .01) and SSS-V (r = .324, p = .01). Boldness was significantly related to SSS-V (r = .428, p = .01), but was not related to the MACH-IV (r = -.102). Implications from this study could serve to further research in understanding the precursors and correlations of psychopathy and may allow the identification of this mental disorder in its early stages so that an effective treatment regime may be established.
BF1 .M63 v. 19 no. 2 2014
Dickey, Ashley D.
"The relationship between sensation seeking, psychopathy, and deception,"
Modern Psychological Studies: Vol. 19:
2, Article 2.
Available at: https://scholar.utc.edu/mps/vol19/iss2/2