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Psychometric Properties of the Original and Shortened Version of the Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory among Chinese Adolescents
Department of Psychology, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, GuangZhou University, Guangzhou, People’s Republicof China; The Key Laboratory for Juveniles Mental Health and Educational Neuroscience in Guangdong Province, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, China .
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Leiden University Medical Center/Academic Workplace Forensic Care for Youth, Leiden, The Netherlands; Center for Criminological and Psychosocial Research, Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden .
Department of Psychology, Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center, GuangZhou University, Guangzhou, People’s Republicof China; The Key Laboratory for Juveniles Mental Health and Educational Neuroscience in Guangdong Province, Guangzhou University, Guangzhou, China .
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. Center for Criminological and Psychosocial Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8163-6558
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2017 (English)In: Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, ISSN 0882-2689, E-ISSN 1573-3505, Vol. 39, no 4, p. 620-634Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The present study aimed to examine the psychometric properties of the Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory (YPI) and its short version (YPI-S) in a sample of 2081 Chinese 11- to 19-year-old school-attending youth (M (age) = 14.27, SD = 1.62). Confirmatory factor analyses showed that a bifactor model best fit the data at the subscale level for the YPI and at the item level for the YPI-S. The internal consistency of the YPI and YPI-S scores ranged from marginal to good. Measurement invariance testing revealed that the bifactor model of the YPI-S was equivalent across gender, while the bifactor model of the YPI showed moderate differences between boys and girls. Both the YPI and YPI-S total and factor scores were positively related to Antisocial Process Screening Device scores and Rule-Breaking and Aggressive behavior, though these relations were most often stronger for the YPI scores. In conclusion, the Chinese-language versions of the YPI and YPI-S hold promise as assessment tools to measure psychopathic traits in Chinese adolescents but are not without limitations. Whereas the YPI-S is more time-effective and yields scores that are more internally consistent than the YPI, the YPI seems to outperform the YPI-S in terms of convergent and criterion validity.

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Springer, 2017. Vol. 39, no 4, p. 620-634
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Psychopathy, Youth psychopathic traits inventory, Measurement invariance, Chinese adolescents
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-62893DOI: 10.1007/s10862-017-9619-5ISI: 000415282600005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-62893DiVA, id: diva2:1161859
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Funding Agencies:

National Natural Science Foundation of China  31400904 

Xinmiao project of Guangzhou University  2014-27 

Foundation of Guangzhou Shishu Gaoxiao Project  1201431330 

Available from: 2017-12-01 Created: 2017-12-01 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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