The Assessment of Juvenile Psychopathy: Strengths and Weaknesses of Currently Used Questionnaire Measures
Article first published online: 12 FEB 2008
© 2008 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 13, Issue 2, pages 85–95, May 2008
How to Cite
Sharp, C. and Kine, S. (2008), The Assessment of Juvenile Psychopathy: Strengths and Weaknesses of Currently Used Questionnaire Measures. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 13: 85–95. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2008.00483.x
- Issue published online: 12 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 12 FEB 2008
- Juvenile psychopathy;
- questionnaire measures;
Background: There has been a significant increase in the research use of questionnaire measures of juvenile psychopathy. This paper aimed to critically review these questionnaires.
Method: Empirical studies on published measures of juvenile psychopathy were reviewed with two criteria in mind: (1) adequate scale psychometrics; (2) utility value in clinical, forensic, community or primary health care settings.
Results: Despite significant strengths, the review highlights several psychometric shortcomings of currently used measures.
Conclusions: Psychometric shortcomings in questionnaire measures of juvenile psychopathy mitigate against their use in applied settings in the absence of full clinical assessments, especially where pre-adolescent children are concerned.