Q & A – what is PCL-R 20-item checklist?

The PCL-R 20-item checklist is a tool used for the assessment of psychopathy. It consists of 20 items, each of which is rated on a three-point scale (0, 1, or 2) based on the presence or absence of certain personality traits or behaviors associated with psychopathy.

The 20 items of the PCL-R are:

  1. glibness/superficial charm
  2. grandiose sense of self-worth
  3. need for stimulation/proneness to boredom
  4. pathological lying
  5. cunning/manipulative
  6. lack of remorse or guilt
  7. shallow affect
  8. callous/lack of empathy
  9. parasitic lifestyle
  10. poor behavioral controls
  11. sexual promiscuity
  12. early behavior problems
  13. lack of realistic long-term goals
  14. impulsivity
  15. irresponsibility
  16. failure to accept responsibility for own actions
  17. many short-term marital relationships
  18. juvenile delinquency
  19. revocation of conditional release
  20. criminal versatility

Each item is rated based on the degree to which the person being assessed exhibits the behavior or trait in question. A score of 0 indicates that the behavior or trait is not present, a score of 1 indicates that it is somewhat present, and a score of 2 indicates that it is clearly present. A total score of 30 or above is generally considered indicative of psychopathy. However, it’s important to note that only trained professionals should use this tool for assessment purposes.

Author: Linda Turner

Coaching and Therapy Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy. Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist. REIKI Master. I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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