Examination of the shared variance of the Psychopathic Personality Inventory - Revised and the Boredom Proneness Scale


Spirrison, L. Charles

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Adams-Price, Carolyn

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Giesen, Martin

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Graduate Thesis - Open Access


The current study was the first of its kind to examine the relationship between psychopathy and boredom. Participants were 233 psychology students, all of whom completed the Psychopathic Personality Inventory-Revised (PPI-R) and the Boredom Proneness Scale (BPS), both of which demonstrate multidimensional structures. Factor analysis of the BPS revealed a fouractor structure, and three independent factors have been demonstrated in the PPI-R. A multiple regression analysis confirmed the hypothesized relationships, revealing large and statistically significant relationships between Fearless Dominance of the PPI-R and Internal Boredom, as well as between Self-Centered Impulsivity of the PPI-R and External Boredom. Additional statistically and clinically significant relationships are discussed. These results suggest that boredom plays a significant role in the psychopathy personality process.



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