The antisocial process screening device an examination of its construct and criterion-related validity

Michael J. Vitacco, Richard Rogers, Craig S. Neumann

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Abstract

The clinical assessment of psychopathy in adulthood is well established via programmatic research. More recently, psychopathy has been extended to children and adolescents with correlates to maladaptivepersonality traits, violent behavior, andnoncompliance with institutional rules. To screen for adolescent psychopathy, the Antisocial Process Screening Device (APSD) was developed as a 20-item self-report measure of psychopathy. The original validation of the APSD was limited to samples of clinic-referred and community-based children. In extending this research to delinquent populations, the current article uses two separate samples of adolescent offenders incarcerated in a maximum security facility (n = 78) and a local juvenile detention facility (n = 77). As evidence of criterion-related validity, the APSD was compared with two versions of the Psychopathy Checklist that yielded mixed results. Construct validity was examined via a confirmatory factor analysis that provided support for a three-factor model of the APSD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-150
Number of pages8
JournalAssessment
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2003
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent offenders
  • Antisocial behavior
  • Psychopathy
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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