The PCL: YV and recidivism in male and female juveniles: a follow-up into young adulthood.


Journal Article

Adolescents, and most recently, adolescent females, have emerged as an important population in violence risk assessment and have sparked a debate regarding the downward and gendered extension of the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version (PCL:YV). This article evaluates the differential prediction of the three and four-factor models of the PCL:YV for male (n=201) and female (n=55) juvenile offenders using a prospective four and one-half year follow-up (M=3 years) study. Both models of the PCL:YV were significant predictors for boys; however, contrary to findings from studies using shorter follow-up periods, the predictive power was due primarily to the behavioral features of psychopathy. The PCL:YV was not a significant predictor of non-violent or violent recidivism for girls. This study does not lend support for the use of the PCL:YV as a risk factor for girl offenders. More research is needed to understand the application of the psychopathy construct in youth, particularly in girls.

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Cited Authors

  • Vincent, GM; Odgers, CL; McCormick, AV; Corrado, RR

Published Date

  • June 5, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 31 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 287 - 296

PubMed ID

  • 18534679

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18534679

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-6386

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-2527

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.ijlp.2008.04.012


  • eng