Psychopathic Personality Traits in Relation to Self-report Delinquency in Adolescence: Should We Mind About Interaction Effects?

  • Antonella Somma
  • Henrik Andershed
  • Serena Borroni
  • Randall T. Salekin
  • Andrea Fossati


The aim of the present study was to investigate if interaction effects among Youth Psychopathic Traits Inventory (YPI) Grandiose-Manipulative (GM), Callous-Unemotional (CU), and Impulsive-Irresponsible (II) may add significant information in predicting self-reports of juvenile delinquent behavior among adolescents. A sample of 558 Italian high school students were administered the YPI and the Self-Reports of Delinquency Scale (SRDS) in order to evaluate interaction effects among YPI GM, CU, and II dimensions. Results showed a significant effect for a three-way interaction among the three YPI dimensions in predicting the SRDS total score, β = .19, p < .01. In conclusion, the findings seem to underline that a three-factor model of psychopathy may help clinicians and researchers in predicting self-reported delinquency better than the individual factors.


YPI Psychopathy GM traits CU traits Delinquency Interaction effects 


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Conflict of Interest

Antonella Somma, Henrik Andershed, Serena Borroni, Andrea Fossati and Randy Salekin declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Experiment Participants

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee, and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonella Somma
    • 1
    • 2
  • Henrik Andershed
    • 3
  • Serena Borroni
    • 1
    • 2
  • Randall T. Salekin
    • 4
  • Andrea Fossati
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of PsychologyVita-Salute San Raffaele UniversityMilanItaly
  2. 2.Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy UnitSan Raffaele Turro HospitalMilanItaly
  3. 3.School of Law, Psychology and Social WorkÖrebro UniversityÖrebroSweden
  4. 4.Department of PsychologyUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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