Moral Identity and Moral Judgement of Subclinical Psychopaths in Normal Population

  • Harprit Kaur Punjabi University Patiala
  • Dr Swati Naval Selection Board Visakhapatnam
Keywords: Moral judgement, Moral identity, Subclinical psychopaths


Subclinical psychopaths are those individuals who have most of psychopath’s traits but doesn’t indulge in serious antisocial behavior and thus rarely get imprisoned1. Psychopaths have been generally reported to be low on ethical behaviours. This study is an attempt to see if subclinical psychopaths too are low on moral aspects like clinical psychopaths. For this study data of 279 young adults in the age group of 18 to 25 years were collected from various colleges and universities of Punjab. Correlation analysis revealed that subclinical psychopathy is negatively related to moral identity internalisation, however, no relation was found with moral judgement and moral identity symbolisation. When the two group subclinical psychopath’s ad non-subclinical psychopaths were compared they were found to differ on moral identity internalisation. With regression analysis subclinical psychopathy was found to be a significant predictor of moral identity internalisation.

Author Biographies

Harprit Kaur, Punjabi University Patiala

Dr Harprit Kaur has done her MPhil (Clinical Psychology) from NIMHANS, Banglore and PhD from Punjab University Chandigarh. Presently she is working Associate Professor and Head of the department at Punjabi University Patiala. She has been to DIPR as part of training faculty for counselling programs. She has been to Pathankot and Udampur army base as facilitator counsellor.

Dr Swati, Naval Selection Board Visakhapatnam

Dr Swati previously she has served as an Assistant Professor in SUS College of research and technology. Presently she is working as Scientist in Naval Selection Board, Visakhapatnam for selection of Naval Officers

How to Cite
Kaur, H., & Swati, D. (2018). Moral Identity and Moral Judgement of Subclinical Psychopaths in Normal Population. Defence Life Science Journal, 3(4), 363-367.