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The Utility of the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version (PCL: YV) and the Youth Psychopathic Trait Inventory (YPI)—Is it Meaningful to Measure Psychopathy in Young Offenders?
Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science (CFBS), Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.
Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science (CFBS), Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia; Department of Social Sciences, Mid Sweden University, Östersund, Sweden. (CAPS - Centre for Criminological And PsychoSocial research)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8285-0935
2016 (English)In: Psychological Assessment, ISSN 1040-3590, E-ISSN 1939-134X, Vol. 28, no 4, p. 405-415Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examined the convergent validity of 2 youth psychopathy instruments, the PsychopathyChecklist: Youth Version (PCL: YV) and the Youth Psychopathic Trait Inventory (YPI) and theirrelationship with problem behaviors and recidivism in an Australian sample of young offenders incustody. The PCL: YV demonstrated a capacity to identify severely antisocial youth; however, the toolwas unable to differentiate between potentially psychopathic and nonpsychopathic antisocial youth. TheYPI was receptive to a wide variety of problem behaviors which precluded the unique identification ofcore psychopathic traits in the sample. Both instruments were unable to meaningfully distinguish betweenrecidivists and nonrecidivists. As such, the PCL: YV and the YPI demonstrate limited utility forantisocial young offenders in custody. Further research on the durability and developmental manifesta-tion of psychopathy in adolescents is necessary before these instruments are employed in similarcontexts. Implications for the clinical use of psychopathy measures are discussed.

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Washington: American Psychological Association (APA), 2016. Vol. 28, no 4, p. 405-415
Keywords [en]
psychopathy, youth violence, recidivism, PCL: YV, juvenile
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-47377DOI: 10.1037/pas0000182ISI: 000372968600008PubMedID: 26146951Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84935059116OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-47377DiVA, id: diva2:893126
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2018-07-09Bibliographically approved

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