Longitudinal validation of the Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy (LSRP) Scale in a high-risk Dutch community sample

Sophie Wissenburg, Carlo Garofalo, Arjan Blokland, Hanneke Palmen, Martin Sellbom*

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Abstract

The Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy (LSRP) scale is a self-report measure that can be used to assess psychopathic traits in community samples, and recent research suggested that its three-factor model (Egocentricity, Callousness, and Antisocial) has promising psychometric properties. However, no study to date has validated the LSRP in a longitudinal framework. The present study sought to validate the LSRP scale in a longitudinal design using a sample of Dutch emerging adults (ns = 970 and 693 at time points 1 and 2, respectively). We assessed longitudinal measurement invariance and the stability of psychopathic traits over an 18-month time period, from age 20 to age 21.6. Furthermore, we replicated and extended findings on the factor structure, reliability, and construct validity of the Dutch LSRP scale. Confirmatory factor analysis revealed that the three-factor model fit the data well. Evidence of partial longitudinal measurement invariance was observed, which means that the Dutch translation of the LSRP scale is measuring an equivalent construct (and overall latent factor structure) over time. Psychopathic traits were relatively stable over time. The three LSRP subscales showed largely acceptable levels of internal consistency at both time points and showed conceptually expected patterns of construct validity and predictive validity, with a few notable exceptions.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages18
JournalAssessment
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2021

Keywords

  • Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy scale
  • confirmatory factor analysis
  • longitudinal measurement invariance
  • psychopathy
  • temporal stability

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