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Assessing Psychopathic Traits Among Children: The First Validation Study of the Child Problematic Traits Inventory in a Clinical Sample.

Authors
  • Colins, Olivier F1, 2, 3
  • Roetman, Peter J2
  • Lopez-Romero, Laura3, 4
  • Andershed, Henrik3
  • 1 Ghent University, Gent, Belgium. , (Belgium)
  • 2 Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands. , (Netherlands)
  • 3 Örebro University, Örebro, Sweden. , (Sweden)
  • 4 University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. , (Spain)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Assessment
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2020
Volume
27
Issue
6
Pages
1242–1257
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1073191119832654
PMID: 30845808
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This is the first study that tested the psychometric properties of the Child Problematic Traits Inventory (CPTI) in clinic-referred children (ages 6-13 years). Teachers (N = 159) and parents (N = 173) completed the CPTI and various other measures. Confirmatory factor analyses supported the CPTI's three-factor structure when teachers and parents rated the 28 CPTI items. Teacher- and parent-reported CPTI scores showed the expected relations with external correlates (e.g., conduct problems and proactive aggression). Crucially, the validity of the CPTI scores was also supported across informants (i.e., when linking teacher-reported CPTI scores to parent-reported external correlates, and vice versa) and across methods (i.e., regardless if a questionnaire or a diagnostic interview was used to measure external correlates). We conclude that the CPTI holds promise as a research tool for assessing psychopathic traits in clinic-referred children. Until our findings have been replicated and extended, the CPTI should not be used for clinical decision making.

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