The usefulness of self-reported psychopathy-like traits in the study of antisocial behaviour among non-referred adolescents
Article first published online: 17 MAY 2002
Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 16, Issue 5, pages 383–402, September/October 2002
How to Cite
Andershed, H., Gustafson, S. B., Kerr, M. and Stattin, H. (2002), The usefulness of self-reported psychopathy-like traits in the study of antisocial behaviour among non-referred adolescents. Eur. J. Pers., 16: 383–402. doi: 10.1002/per.455
- Issue published online: 23 SEP 2002
- Article first published online: 17 MAY 2002
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 FEB 2002
- Manuscript Received: 29 APR 2001
The present study addresses the question of whether it is possible to use a self-report measure of psychopathic traits on non-referred youth samples to identify a subgroup of problematic youths who are particularly problematic and different from other problem youths. A large sample of eighth-grade, non-referred adolescents, and their parents were assessed. Results showed that the adolescents exhibiting a low-socialized psychopathy-like personality constellation had a more frequent, violent, and versatile conduct-problem profile than other low-socialized and well socialized adolescents. The psychopathy-like adolescents also differed from other poorly socialized adolescents in ways that suggested that their etiological background was different from adolescents with non-psychopathy-like conduct problems. We conclude that self-report measures can indeed be useful for research purposes in subtyping youths with conduct problems. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.