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Impulsive-aggression, antisocial behaviour and subclinical psychopathy: Preliminary findings from an undergraduate female sample

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Crawley, TFO and Martin, F, Impulsive-aggression, antisocial behaviour and subclinical psychopathy: Preliminary findings from an undergraduate female sample, Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, 13, (2) pp. 232-242. ISSN 1321-8719 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1375/pplt.13.2.232

Abstract

Impulsive-aggression was investigated in a female university sample (N = 686). Four groups (impulsive-aggressive, n = 23; aggressive, n = 24; impulsive, n = 33; and control, n = 119) were selected on the basis of impulsivity scores and aggression scores. In comparison to other groups, the impulsive-aggressive women were more physically aggressive and had a greater tendency to fight or argue. They were also more likely to report a drug problem, were more sexually active, and were more likely to have faced charges as a result of antisocial activity. Due to prominent antisocial features of the impulsive-aggressive women's profile, subsequent investigation of psychopathic traits was conducted. Women from the impulsive-aggressive (n = 11), aggressive (n = 9), impulsive (n = 7), and control (n = 11) groups were individually interviewed and rated using the P-Scan (Hare & Herve, 1999). The impulsive-aggressive group (M = 6.33, SD = 3.48) scored significantly higher than all other groups (Ms < 1.70, SDs < 1.90) on total P-Scan psychopathy ratings and on the three facets of the P-Scan. Current findings suggest the use of self-report measures of impulsivity and aggressiveness may be an effective method of screening for subthreshold psychopathic traits in non-forensic samples.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Author:Crawley, TFO (Dr Tess Crawley)
Author:Martin, F (Associate Professor Frances Martin)
ID Code:41138
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2007-04-25
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