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Psychopathic Personality Inventory–Revised

Scott O. Lilienfeld, PhD; Professional Manual by Scott O. Lilienfeld, PhD, and Michelle R. Widows, PhD
Software by Scott O. Lilienfeld, PhD, Michelle R. Widows, PhD, and PAR Staff

Assesses psychopathic personality traits
Paper and pencil
Age range:
18 years to 86 years
15-25 minutes
Qualification level:
A degree from an accredited 4-year college or university in psychology, counseling, speech-language pathology, or a closely related field plus satisfactory completion of coursework in test interpretation, psychometrics and measurement theory, educational statistics, or a closely related area; or license or certification from an agency that requires appropriate training and experience in the ethical and competent use of psychological tests. Close

Easily Administer, in 25 Minutes or Less, this Measure of Psychopathy that can be Used in Both Clinical and Nonclinical Settings


The PPI-R is a 154-item self-report measure of both global psychopathy and the component traits of psychopathy.

  • Can detect response styles such as positive or negative impression management and random or careless responding.
  • Rather than focusing exclusively on antisocial or criminal behaviors, the PPI-R measures the continuum of psychopathic personality traits.
  • Standardized and validated for use with men and women in a community/college sample that reflects 2002 U.S. Census statistics for race/ethnicity, educational background, and geographic area. Also includes normative data for a male offender sample.
  • Useful in a variety of settings, particularly correctional facilities, forensic practice, substance abuse treatment centers, and research.
  • This revision lowered the reading level, reworded culturally specific idioms, and reduced its length to make the PPI-R more applicable to individuals in forensic and clinical samples while retaining its utility in nonclinical (e.g., student, community) samples.