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Psychopathy Checklist

  1. Stephen D. Hart

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0744

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Hart, S. D. 2010. Psychopathy Checklist. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1.

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  1. Simon Fraser University, Canada

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The Hare Psychopathy Checklist–Revised (PCL-R; Hare, 1991, 2004) is a standardized psychological test of lifetime psychopathic (antisocial) personality disorder symptoms intended for use with adult correctional offenders and forensic psychiatric patients. It has proved to be particularly useful in forensic mental health evaluations and is in wide use, both in the original English and in numerous foreign language translations. The PCL-R is administered most often as part of comprehensive assessments of risk and treatability for sentencing, civil commitment, institutional classification, and release decision making.


  • antisocial personality;
  • diagnostic methods;
  • psychopathy;
  • psychopathology;
  • testing