The Durand Adaptive Psychopathic Traits Questionnaire: development and validation

Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Life Sciences, University of Maastricht, Maastricht, Netherlands
Subject Areas
Cognitive Disorders, Psychiatry and Psychology
Durand Adaptive Psychopathic Traits Questionnaire, Adaptive personality, Psychometric properties, Psychopathic personality
© 2017 Durand
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Durand G. 2017. The Durand Adaptive Psychopathic Traits Questionnaire: development and validation. PeerJ Preprints 5:e2081v3


While the term ‘‘psychopathy’’ is embedded with negativity, evidence points to the existence of another form of psychopathy, which involves adaptive traits such as stress and anxiety immunity, remarkable social skills, noteworthy leadership ability, and an absence of fear. The newly developed Durand Adaptive Psychopathic Traits Questionnaire (DAPTQ) aims to assess adaptive traits known to correlate with the psychopathic personality. Validation of the questionnaire among 765 individuals from the community gave support to a 10-factor solution: Leadership, Logical Thinking, Composure, Creativity, Fearlessness, Money Smart, Focus, Extroversion, Consequentialism, and Management. The DAPTQ and its 10 subscales demonstrated good internal consistency reliability in a community sample (0.64 - 0.88). Good convergent and divergent validity was confirmed by administering the DAPTQ alongside established measures of the psychopathic personality. Subscales validation against well-established personality assessments further confirms the DAPTQ’s strength. These findings support the potential of the DAPTQ as an instrument for measuring psychopathy-associated adaptive traits. Limitations of the present study and potential directions for future research are also discussed. Further studies are needed to validate the DAPTQ and its subscales against a wider range of personality traits and behaviors.

Author Comment

This version of the manuscript was modified upon the comments of three anonymous reviewers, and is presently under consideration in a peer reviewed journal.