Initial Investigation of the Psychometric Properties of the Limited Prosocial Emotions Questionnaire (LPEQ)

Peter J. Castagna, Dara E. Babinski, Amanda M. Pearl, James G. Waxmonsky, Daniel A. Waschbusch

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Callous–unemotional traits, which include lack of remorse or guilt, callousness/lack of empathy, unconcern about performance, and shallow/deficient affect, were included as a specifier of conduct disorder in the current (fifth) edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders under the rubric Limited Prosocial Emotions (LPEs). The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of a new rating scale, the Limited Prosocial Emotions Questionnaire (LPEQ). Caregivers (n = 1,050) of children (Mage = 8.42, SD = 2.31) completed the LPEQ and other measures. Results provide support for a single factor model of the LPEQ, with measurement invariance supported across child and informant sex. Both the reliability and validity of the LPEQ as a measure of LPEs were also well supported. Children identified with LPE had significantly greater average impairment and need for treatment relative to children without LPE. Children with conduct problems (i.e., conduct disorder or oppositional defiant disorder), as well those without conduct problems, had significantly more impairment if they were identified as having LPE. Our findings fit with the mounting evidence of the clinical utility of assessing LPEs in children. Future research should look to replicate our findings in clinical samples of youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1882-1896
Number of pages15
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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