Examining psychopathic tendencies in adolescence from the perspective of personality theory

Naomi Sadeh, Edelyn Verona, Shabnam Javdani, Lacy Olson

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This study sought to clarify the personality correlates of psychopathic tendencies in adolescents using the Antisocial Process Screening Device [APSD; Frick and Hare, 2001] and a youth adapted version of the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire [Patrick et al., 2009, unpublished]. A combination of self- and parent-reports on the APSD (n = 229) revealed that the three-facet model of psychopathic tendencies in youth was characterized by a similar constellation of personality traits as the psychopathic construct in adulthood [e.g., Hall, Benning and Patrick, 2004]. Specifically, low anxiety and trait aggression characterized the APSD Callous/Unemotional dimension, social dominance and trait aggression characterized the APSD Narcissism dimension, and disinhibition and low harm avoidance characterized the APSD Impulsivity dimension. The results add credence to the hypothesis that personality relationships to psychopathic tendencies emerge from an early age [Lynam, 2002] and dimensions of psychopathy in youth are associated with distinct personality profiles. Aggr. Behav. 35:399-407, 2009.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-407
Number of pages9
JournalAggressive Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2009


  • APSD
  • MPQ
  • Personality
  • Psychopathic tendencies
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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