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The association of psychopathic traits with aggression and delinquency in non-referred boys and girls

Department of Psychology, University of New Orleans, LA 70148, USA.
Behavioral Sciences & the Law (Impact Factor: 0.96). 11/2005; 23(6):803-17. DOI: 10.1002/bsl.662
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ABSTRACT The current study investigated the association of psychopathic traits with aggression and delinquency in a non-referred sample of boys (n=86) and girls (n=114) in the fifth through ninth grades at two public schools in a large urban area. Psychopathic traits were measured by both teacher- and self-report ratings, whereas aggression and delinquency were assessed through self-report ratings. Self-reported psychopathic traits were associated with both aggression and delinquency and teacher-reported psychopathic traits were associated with higher levels of aggression. There were no clear differences for the callous-unemotional, narcissism, or impulsivity dimensions in their associations with aggression and delinquency. Also, psychopathic traits predicted aggression and delinquency for both boys and girls. The one clear gender difference was in the stronger associations between psychopathic traits and relational aggression for girls.

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