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Psychopathic traits in early childhood : further validation of the child problematic traits inventory

(2017) ASSESSMENT. 24(5). p.602-614
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The aim was to further test the reliability and validity of a newly developed instrument designed to assess psychopathic personality traits in children, the Child Problematic Traits Inventory (CPTI). Data from the Preschool Twin Study in Sweden were used, a national general population study of 5-year-old twins (n = 1,188, 50.3% girls). Both preschool teachers and parents were used as informants. Confirmatory factor analysis replicated the intended three-factorial structure of the 28 items of the CPTI. Overall, our findings demonstrated good internal consistency and convergent validity, with all the teacher-rated CPTI scores being associated with teacher and parent ratings of externalizing psychopathology, aggressive behavior, fearlessness, and prosocial peer involvement. In conclusion, the CPTI hold promise as a teacher-rated tool for assessing psychopathic traits in childhood, though more research is needed to see if these findings can be generalized to other countries, settings, and older children.
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CALLOUS-UNEMOTIONAL TRAITS, CONFIRMATORY FACTOR-ANALYSIS, PROCESS, SCREENING DEVICE, CONDUCT PROBLEMS, COMMUNITY SAMPLE, ANTISOCIAL-BEHAVIOR, SECONDARY VARIANTS, RATING-SCALE, SELF-REPORT, AGGRESSION, grandiose-deceitful, callous-unemotional, psychopathic traits, psychometric properties, preschoolers

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Colins, Olivier, Kostas Fanti, Henrik Larsson, and Henrik Andershed. 2017. “Psychopathic Traits in Early Childhood : Further Validation of the Child Problematic Traits Inventory.” Assessment 24 (5): 602–614.
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Colins, O., Fanti, K., Larsson, H., & Andershed, H. (2017). Psychopathic traits in early childhood : further validation of the child problematic traits inventory. ASSESSMENT, 24(5), 602–614.
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Colins O, Fanti K, Larsson H, Andershed H. Psychopathic traits in early childhood : further validation of the child problematic traits inventory. ASSESSMENT. Thousand oaks: Sage Publications Inc; 2017;24(5):602–14.
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Colins, Olivier et al. “Psychopathic Traits in Early Childhood : Further Validation of the Child Problematic Traits Inventory.” ASSESSMENT 24.5 (2017): 602–614. Print.
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  abstract     = {The aim was to further test the reliability and validity of a newly developed instrument designed to assess psychopathic personality traits in children, the Child Problematic Traits Inventory (CPTI). Data from the Preschool Twin Study in Sweden were used, a national general population study of 5-year-old twins (n = 1,188, 50.3% girls). Both preschool teachers and parents were used as informants. Confirmatory factor analysis replicated the intended three-factorial structure of the 28 items of the CPTI. Overall, our findings demonstrated good internal consistency and convergent validity, with all the teacher-rated CPTI scores being associated with teacher and parent ratings of externalizing psychopathology, aggressive behavior, fearlessness, and prosocial peer involvement. In conclusion, the CPTI hold promise as a teacher-rated tool for assessing psychopathic traits in childhood, though more research is needed to see if these findings can be generalized to other countries, settings, and older children.},
  author       = {Colins, Olivier and Fanti, Kostas and Larsson, Henrik and Andershed, Henrik},
  issn         = {1073-1911},
  journal      = {ASSESSMENT},
  keywords     = {CALLOUS-UNEMOTIONAL TRAITS,CONFIRMATORY FACTOR-ANALYSIS,PROCESS,SCREENING DEVICE,CONDUCT PROBLEMS,COMMUNITY SAMPLE,ANTISOCIAL-BEHAVIOR,SECONDARY VARIANTS,RATING-SCALE,SELF-REPORT,AGGRESSION,grandiose-deceitful,callous-unemotional,psychopathic traits,psychometric properties,preschoolers},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {5},
  pages        = {602--614},
  publisher    = {Sage Publications Inc},
  title        = {Psychopathic traits in early childhood : further validation of the child problematic traits inventory},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1073191115624544},
  volume       = {24},
  year         = {2017},
}

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