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Validity and structure of a self-report measure of youth psychopathy
Psychiatry Publications and Presentations
  • Frances J. Lexcen, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Gina M. Vincent, Simon Fraser University
  • Thomas Grisso, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Date
2-14-2004
Document Type
Article
Medical Subject Headings
Adolescent; Antisocial Personality Disorder; Child; Humans; Male; *Psychological Tests; *Self Assessment (Psychology); United States
Disciplines
Abstract
An interest in early identification of youth who may be at risk of psychopathy has generated measures for age-appropriate screening and assessment. This study examines the structural, concurrent, and divergent validity of the Psychopathy Content Scale, a 20-item self-report instrument derived from the Millon Adolescent Clinical Inventory (MACI). Data for 481 youths who had taken the MACI, the Child Behavior Checklist Youth Self-Report (YSR), and the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument, Second Version (MAYSI-2), were analyzed. Results showed that the PCS is best described by a two-factor model and that analyses of the two factors offer limited support for convergent and divergent validity. High scores on both factors were associated with high YSR and MAYSI-2 scales, suggesting that the measure identified youth who were distressed on several measures of emotional, psychological, and behavioral disorder.
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Citation: Behav Sci Law. 2004;22(1):69-84. Link to article on publisher's site
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PubMed ID
14963881
Citation Information
Frances J. Lexcen, Gina M. Vincent and Thomas Grisso. "Validity and structure of a self-report measure of youth psychopathy" Vol. 22 Iss. 1 (2004) ISSN: 0735-3936 (Linking)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/thomas_grisso/13/