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The use of a screening device to assess psychopathy in young offenders
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain..
2012 (English)In: The Spanish Journal of Psychology, ISSN 1138-7416, Vol. 15, no 2, 724-735 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this research was to determine to what extent a psychopath screening device (the APSD) is useful in forensic assessments to predict general and violent offending. For this purpose, a cross-sectional study was done and 238 young people serving a sentence were assessed. The gold standard instrument used to measure psychopathy was the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version (PCL:YV; Forth, Kosson & Hare, 2003). The results indicate that the association found between the screening device scores and several indicators of risk is low if compared with those obtained with the PCL:YV, suggesting that it is less useful as a tool in order to predict offending or violent offences. However, an Area Under the Curve of .784 and a validity index of 62.5 support its use as a screening device or as a preliminary approach to assess psychopathy in this population. The usefulness of this instrument to make assessments with young people in the forensic setting is discussed.

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2012. Vol. 15, no 2, 724-735 p.
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25975OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-25975DiVA: diva2:856953
Available from: 2015-09-26 Created: 2015-09-26 Last updated: 2015-10-03Bibliographically approved

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