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Examining the utility of the PCL:SV as a screening measure using competing factor models of psychopathy
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Laura S. Guy, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Kevin S. Douglas, Simon Fraser University
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Department of Psychiatry
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Adult; Antisocial Personality Disorder; Factor Analysis, Statistical; Humans; Male; Mass Screening; Prisoners; *Questionnaires

The correspondence between the Hare Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version (PCL:SV; S. D. Hart, D. N. Cox, and R. D. Hare, 1995) and the Hare Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R; R. D. Hare, 1991, 2003) was examined in forensic (N = 175) and correctional (N = 188) samples. Intermeasure correlations for Total scores (.95 forensic, .94 correctional) and the original 2-factor, D. J. Cooke and C. Michie's (2001) 3-factor, and R. D. Hare's (2003) 4-facet models (range = .87-.95) were high. Area under the curve values for the PCL:SV were .98 in both samples (cutoff = PCL-R Total score of 25). The PCL:SV performed well as a screen, maximizing false positive relative to false negative errors. Close correlations for prediction of violent recidivism in the correctional sample were obtained for the PCL-R (.42) and PCL:SV (.37). Results indicate the robust relation between the measures is maintained whether they are completed on the basis of file review only or file plus interview and whether the same or different raters score the measures.

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Psychol Assess. 2006 Jun;18(2):225-30. Link to article on publisher's site
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Laura S. Guy and Kevin S. Douglas. "Examining the utility of the PCL:SV as a screening measure using competing factor models of psychopathy" Vol. 18 Iss. 2 (2006) ISSN: 1040-3590 (Linking)
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