The validity of the Antisocial Process Screening Device as a self-report measure of psychopathy in adolescent offenders

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Department of Psychiatry



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Adolescent; Adult; Antisocial Personality Disorder; Female; Humans; Juvenile Delinquency; Male; Mass Screening; *Questionnaires; Reproducibility of Results; *Self-Assessment


Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


There is a growing interest in the assessment of adolescent psychopathy to enable early treatment and intervention. Recently, a self-report measure has been developed to assess psychopathic traits in adolescents. The Antisocial Process Screening Device (APSD), a self-report measure of psychopathic traits, and the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version (PCL:YV), a clinical rating scale, were administered to a sample of 100 incarcerated male adolescent offenders to assess the concurrent validity of the APSD. Results indicated that the APSD had limited concurrent validity with respect to the PCL:YV and that there appears to be a method effect in the measurement of psychopathy. Thus, it appears the APSD did not assess psychopathy in a manner parallel to that of the PCL:YV.

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Citation: Behav Sci Law. 2003;21(6):771-86. Link to article on publisher's site

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