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Attachment styles: Fear of compassion and callous-unemotional traits among juvenile delinquents


Akmal, KM and Foong, ALS, Attachment styles: Fear of compassion and callous-unemotional traits among juvenile delinquents, Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior, 6, (2) Article 371. ISSN 2375-4494 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.4172/2375-4494.1000371


Literature on adolescent delinquency indicated strong family bonds acted as protective factors against delinquent behaviors, hence brings significance to study attachment styles. The purpose of the present study is to determine the relationship between Fear of compassion and then, Callous-unemotional traits in relation to attachment styles. The study further examined the relationship between Fear of compassion and Callous-unemotional traits. A purposive sample of 177 adolescents in detention centers were assessed using a Relationship Questionnaire with Fear of Compassion Scale and Inventory of Callous-unemotional Traits - Youth. Findings of the study indicated Fear of compassion is not significant in relation to attachment styles. However, Callous-unemotional traits were significantly related to attachment styles. Additionally, Fear of Compassion suggested predictive value to Callous-unemotional traits. The study provides a contextual perspective on the importance of attachments styles in the wider context of familial relationships for adolescents.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:fear of compassion, callous-unemotional traits, juveniles, delinquents
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Field:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health)
Objective Field:Child Health
UTAS Author:Foong, ALS (Dr Andrew Foong)
ID Code:125313
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Health Sciences
Deposited On:2018-04-12
Last Modified:2018-11-28
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