Hare Psychopathy Checklist:
Screening Version

Stephen D. Hart, Ph.D.
David N. Cox, Ph.D. 
Robert D. Hare, Ph.D.

Technical Information

The normative sample for the PCL:SV consists of 586 individuals, including male and female offenders, university students, and civil and forensic psychiatric patients.

The PCL:SV has good reliability and validity. The PCL:SV reliability studies include the evaluation of internal consistency, item homogeneity, and inter-rater reliability.

The validity of PCL:SV has been tested for its concurrent validity with the PCL-R and Antisocial Personality Disorder, convergent validity, and discriminant validity.
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About the Author

Stephen D. Hart, Ph.D.
Dr. Hart is Associate Professor of Psychology and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. His primary teaching and research interest is clinical-forensic psychology. Much of his work has focused on the assessment of psychopathic personality disorder and on the assessment of risk for violence, including spousal assault, sexual assault, and stalking. Dr. Hart consults with and conducts training for forensic mental health and criminal justice professionals throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

Robert D. Hare, Ph.D. 
Dr. Hare is Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia, where he has taught and conducted research for some 35 years, and is President of Darkstone Research Group Ltd., a forensic research and consulting firm. He has devoted most of his academic career to the investigation psychopathy, its nature, assessment, and implications for mental health and criminal justice. Dr. Hare is the author of several books and many scientific articles on psychopathy, and is the developer of the Psychopathy Checklist-Revised (PCL-R) and co-author of its derivatives, the Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version (PCL:SV), the Psychopathy Checklist: Youth Version (PCL:YV), the P-SCAN and the Antisocial Process Screening Device (APSD).
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Stephen D. Hart, Ph.D.,
David N. Cox, Ph.D. &
Robert D. Hare, Ph.D.

Age Range 18 years and older

Administration Time Interview: 45 minutes
Collateral Review: 35 minutes  

Qualification Level C


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