Psychopathic personality and utilitarian moral judgment in college students

Journal of Criminal Justice 41:342–349 (2013)
Download Edit this record How to cite View on PhilPapers
Purpose: Although psychopathy is characterized by amoral behavior, literature on the association between psychopathy and moral judgment pattern is mixed. Recent evidence suggests that this may be due to the moderation effect of anxiety (Koenigs, Kruepke, Zeier, & Newman, 2011). The current study aims to examine the psychopathy-utilitarian judgment association in college students. Method: In this study, a group of 302 college students completed a moral judgment test involving hypothetical dilemmas. Their psychopathic traits were assessed by the Psychopathic Personality Inventory – Short Form (PPI-SF) (Lilienfeld & Andrews, 1996). Results: Individuals with higher psychopathic traits were more likely to make utilitarian responses to moral dilemmas. Furthermore, the association between utilitarian responses and psychopathy was more salient for the behavioral factor of psychopathy (PPI-II), and this association was mediated by self-reported aggression. However, the moderating effect of anxiety was not found. Conclusions: These results build upon work on utilitarian moral judgment in psychopathic individuals in a non-incarcerated, non-institutionalized sample, and have important implications for the behavioral correc- tion system.
No keywords specified (fix it)
PhilPapers/Archive ID
Revision history
Archival date: 2015-11-03
View upload history
References found in this work BETA
Utilitarian Moral Judgment in Psychopathy.Koenigs, Michael; Kruepke, Michael; Zeier, Joshua & Newman, Joseph P.

View all 6 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Moral Utilitarianism and Attitudes Toward Animals.Bègue, Laurent & Laine, Pierre-Jean

Add more citations

Added to PP index

Total views
808 ( #4,119 of 50,281 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
96 ( #5,162 of 50,281 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks to external links.