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Psychopathic Traits in Early Childhood: Further Validation of the Child Problematic Traits Inventory
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Sweden. Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands.
University of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus.
Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6851-3297
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work, Örebro University, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: Assessment (Odessa, Fla.), ISSN 1073-1911, E-ISSN 1552-3489Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim was to further test the reliability and validity of a newly developed instrument designed to assess psychopathic personality traits in children, the Child Problematic Traits Inventory (CPTI). Data from the Preschool Twin Study in Sweden were used, a national general population study of 5-year-old twins (n = 1,188, 50.3% girls). Both preschool teachers and parents were used as informants. Confirmatory factor analysis replicated the intended three-factorial structure of the 28 items of the CPTI. Overall, our findings demonstrated good internal consistency and convergent validity, with all the teacher-rated CPTI scores being associated with teacher and parent ratings of externalizing psychopathology, aggressive behavior, fearlessness, and prosocial peer involvement. In conclusion, the CPTI hold promise as a teacher-rated tool for assessing psychopathic traits in childhood, though more research is needed to see if these findings can be generalized to other countries, settings, and older children.

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Thousand Oaks, USA: Sage Publications, 2016.
Keyword [en]
Grandiose–deceitful, callous–unemotional, psychopathic traits, psychometric properties, preschoolers
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Medical and Health Sciences Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-54482DOI: 10.1177/1073191115624544PubMedID: 26733308OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-54482DiVA: diva2:1064243
Available from: 2017-01-12 Created: 2017-01-12 Last updated: 2017-01-30Bibliographically approved

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