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Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law

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Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law

Brian L. Cutler

Pub. date: 2008 | Online Pub. Date: April 21, 2008 | DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781412959537 | Print ISBN: 9781412951890 | Online ISBN: 9781412959537 | Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.

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Hare Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version (PCL:SV)

Stephen D. Hart & Catherine M. Wilson

The Hare Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version (PCL:SV) is a 12-item symptom-construct rating scale designed for use by expert observers to assess the lifetime presence and severity of symptoms of psychopathic personality disorder. It was derived from the Hare Psychopathy Checklist–Revised, or PCL–R. The PCL:SV is intended for use with adult males and females in a broad range of settings, including correctional, forensic psychiatric, civil psychiatric, and community settings. As its name implies, the PCL:SV also can be used in conjunction with the PCL–R as a screening test in correctional and forensic psychiatric settings, with elevated scores on the PCL:SV triggering administration of a more detailed and comprehensive assessment using the PCL–R. Because of its demonstrated association with future violence, the PCL:SV is most often used as part of a comprehensive violence risk assessment, using structured professional guidelines for assessing violence risk such as the HCR–20, the Sexual Violence Risk–20 (SVR–20), ...

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