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dc.contributor.authorEndres, Johannen
dc.contributor.editorKapardis, Andreasen
dc.creatorEndres, Johannen
dc.description.abstractAim and background: Verbal productions of prisoners were studied as possible correlates of psychopathic personality. Method: A sample of 76 inmates of a German high-security prison were administered a new sentence completion test (SCT). The subjects' verbal responses to 63 sentence cues were coded using 23 content and linguistic categories which had been derived from Loevinger's stage model of ego development. Moreover, the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) was scored for each subject after a clinical interview and a perusal of the prisoner's file. Results: Moderate positive correlations were found between PCL-R scores and cognitive and linguistic characteristics in the SCT (concerns with exerting power and being dominated, use of coarse language and the expression of dysphoric emotions). These characteristics were highly sensitive but not specific to psychopaths. Conclusions: In the context of recent research, verbal patterns are seen, together with interpersonal behaviour patterns and linguistic properties, as valid indicators of psychopathy and might be particularly useful when biographical information is kicking. ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]en
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dc.sourceCriminal Behaviour & Mental Healthen
dc.subjectLANGUAGE & languagesen
dc.subjectMENTALLY illen
dc.subjectSENTENCE completion testsen
dc.titleThe language of the psychopath: characteristics of prisoners' performance in a sentence completion testen
dc.description.endingpage226Σχολή Κοινωνικών Επιστημών και Επιστημών Αγωγής / Faculty of Social Sciences and EducationΤμήμα Νομικής / Department of Law

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