National Addiction & HIV Data Archive Program

S0PCL064: S0 PCL: Ever physically hurt animals on purpose

Have you ever physically hurt animals on purpose? 

MEASURE: Psychopathy Checklist Youth Version (PCL-YV)

Youth Version (PCL-YV; Forth, Kosson, & Hare, 2003) assesses psychopathic characteristics among
youth. Procedures advocated by the authors suggest a 60-90 minute, semi-structured interview
to assess the youth's interpersonal style, obtain information on a variety of aspects of his/her
history and current functioning, and assess the credibility of his/her statements. However, 
the Pathways study was unable to accommodate an interview of this length to assess psychopathy. 
This form lists 20 separate items for which the youth is rated on a 3-point ordinal scale: "0" 
item does not apply to the youth, "1" item applies to a certain extent and "2" item applies to 
the youth. The authors of the adult versions of the Psychopathy Checklist have reported a 2-factor
structure underlying the item scores (see Forth et al, 2003, page 57); however, the PCL-YV has not
replicated this factor structure. Instead, factor analytic work with the PCL-YV has produced both a
3-factor and a 4-factor structure that are acceptable to the PCL-YV authors, each with their own

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0 No 1,16686.1%
1 Yes 18813.9%
Missing Data
Total 1,354 100%

Based upon 1,354 valid cases out of 1,354 total cases.

Location: 2398-2401 (width: 4; decimal: 0)

Variable Type: numeric

(Range of) Missing Values: -9 , -8


Source: This variable was taken from: Research on Pathways to Desistance [Maricopa County, AZ and Philadelphia County, PA]: Subject Measures, 2000-2010.

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Disclaimer: The frequencies for this variable may not be weighted. They are purely descriptive and may not be representative of the study population. Please use with caution and consult the study documentation.