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Childhood Psychopathy Scale

The Childhood Psychopathy Scale is a 41-item checklist of psychopathic traits in children. It is intended to be completed by parents of children in the pre-adolescent and adolescent years. It assesses interpersonal, affective, and behavioral components of psychopathic personality. Most research concerning the validity of the CPS has been done on youth referred to community treatment centers, not on institutionalized young offenders.
Lynam, Donald R. (1997). Pursuing the psychopath: Capturing the fledgling psychopath in a nomological net. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Vol 106(3), 425-438. doi: 10.1037/0021-843X.106.3.42
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Item Yes No
Likes to be the center of attention
He exaggerates about things that happen to him
He is open and straightforward
Lying or cheating
He tries to take advantage of other people
He tries to get others to do what he wants by playing up to them. He acts charming in order to get his way
He often feels guilty
His moods are unpredictable; they change often and quickly
He is considerate and thoughtful of other people
He is able to see how others feel
Cruelty, bullying, or meanness to others
He tries to see what and how much he can get away with. He usually pushes limits and tries to stretch the rules
He lets little problems get to him and is easily upset. It doesn't take much to get him irritated or mad
He plans things ahead
Behaves explosively and unpredictably
When he wants something, he wants it right away. He has a hard time waiting for things he wants and likes
He thinks about his actions and behavior; he uses his head before doing or saying something
Impulsive or acts without thinking
He can be trusted. He is reliable and dependable
Behaves irresponsibly
He tries to blame other people for things he has done
When confronted about his behavior, he is a "fast" or "smooth" talker
Steals from students at school
Participates in gang fights
Sells drugs
Takes vehicles for a drive without owner's permission
Goes into a building or vehicle to try to steal something
Steals a bicycle or skateboard
You cannot trust what he says
Manipulates people
Doesn't seem to feel guilty after misbehaving
Sudden changes in moods or feelings
Teases a lot
Takes credit for what another person has accomplished
Demands must be met immediately (easily frustrated)
He never or rarely saves money
Wants to have things right away
Borrows money and does not pay it back
Blames others excessively



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