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Hare Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version

A. Forth, Ph.D.
D. Kosson, Ph.D.
R. D. Hare, Ph.D.


The Hare Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version (PCL:YV) assessment helps identify potential patterns of cheating, fighting, bullying, and other antisocial acts in youths. Early identification of these traits is critical, not only for the near future of these individuals, but for their development into adulthood.

The PCL:YV can be used to help you understand the factors that contribute to the development of adult antisocial behavior and psychopathy. Adapted from the Hare Psychopathy Checklist–Revised (PCL–R), the most widely used measure of psychopathy in adults, the PCL:YV uses an expert-rater format that emphasizes the need for multidomain and multisource information.

The PCL:YV assessment measures interpersonal, affective, and behavioral features related to a widely understood, traditional concept of psychopathy. The PCL:YV yields dimensional scores for clinical purposes, but it can also be used to classify individuals into groups for research purposes.

How to Use the Assessment
The PCL:YV is a clinician-rated instrument that uses a structured interview and collateral information to assess psychopathic traits in youth. The Interview Guide outlines questions for the structured interview. The clinician rates items on a scale of 0 to 2 (Yes, No, and Maybe) indicating whether or not the statement is true of the individual. Ratings should be made while reviewing the criteria provided in the PCL:YV Rating Booklet or the PCL:YV Technical Manual.
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Scales & Forms

PCL:YV Interview Guide
The PCL:YV Interview Guide was developed to assist in the conduction of a semi-structured interview to elicit information needed to make the PCL:YV ratings

PCL:YV QuikScore™ Form
The clinician-completed QuikScore™ form is easy to complete and is easily be transferred to the Scoring Grid.


  • Interpersonal
  • Affective
  • Behavioral
  • Antisocial


A. Forth, Ph.D.,
D. Kosson, Ph.D., &
R. D. Hare, Ph.D.

Age Range 12 to 18 years 

Administration Time Structured Interview: 90 - 120 minutes
 Collateral Review: 60 minutes

Administration Type Structured Interview

Qualification Level C


  • Handscored