Psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version

Anastasiya Ivanova Serokhvostova, B. Molinuevo, Leonor González Alonso, E. Hilterman, Yolanda Pardo Cladellas, Vanessa Pera-Guardiola, Iolanda Batalla, Albert Bonillo Martin, Rafael Torrubia Beltri, Adelle Forth

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The current study examined the psychometric properties (factor structure, reliability and validity) of the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version (PCL:YV; Forth et al., 2003) in Spanish samples of male justice-involved youths between 15 and 22-years old. The PCL:YV was administered to two groups of youths who were incarcerated (n = 62; n = 95) and a sample of youth on probation (n = 122). Confirmatory factor analyses showed acceptable-to-good fit for three- and four-factor models. The four-factor hierarchical model with a second-order higher factor representing the whole psychopathy construct was considered for further analyses. PCL:YV scores showed high internal consistency and inter-rater reliability. Low-to-moderate convergence with other measures of psychopathic traits evinced an adequate convergent validity. Convergent and discriminant validity of the PCL:YV total scores were also confirmed considering several measures of psychopathology and personality traits. Importantly, the differential external correlates of the PCL:YV factors provide support for a multidimensional conceptualization of the psychopathy construct. Altogether, these results reveal adequate psychometric properties of the PCL:YV in Spanish population of justice-involved youths and justifies its use to assess psychopathic traits in this kind of populations.
Idioma originalInglés
Número de páginas17
PublicaciónCurrent Psychology
Fecha en línea anticipada16 jun 2022
EstadoPublicada - 16 jun 2022


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