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Psychopathy and affect consciousness in young criminal offenders
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2008 (English)In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, ISSN 0886-2605, Vol. 23, no 2, 209-224 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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A key characteristic of psychopathy is the individual's problematic relation to certain affects, particularly shame. Previous research has studied relations between expressed shame and psychopathy. In this study, the author analyzes potential associations between psychopathy and consciousness of feelings (i.e., participants' ability to recognize and tolerate the feeling and describe how they believe it is expressed in their posture and verbal expressions). Psychopathy is assessed with the Psychopathy Checklist: Screening Version, and affect consciousness is assessed with a semistructured interview. Additionally, risk for criminal behavior, moral reasoning, cognitive distortions, and attachment style in the participants was assessed. The participants are 47 adolescent boys who were treated at juvenile delinquency homes. The results indicate that boys with higher ratings of psychopathy had lower consciousness of shame feelings and lower empathy scores. The results in combination with qualitative analyses of the interview answers are interpreted as indicating that consciousness of shame is specifically problematic for psychopathic adolescents.

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2008. Vol. 23, no 2, 209-224 p.
Keyword [en]
affect consciousness • delinquent adolescents • psychopathy • interview • shame
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-40603DOI: 10.1177/0886260507309341Local ID: 53599OAI: diva2:261452
Available from: 2009-10-10 Created: 2009-10-10 Last updated: 2010-04-20

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