Stability of Psychopathic Characteristics in Childhood - The Influence of Social Relationships
The current study is a preliminary longitudinal investigation of the stability of psychopathic characteristics, including social relationships as a moderator, within a group of aggressive children ( N = 80). Data were collected from the children, their parents, teachers, and peers. Results indicated that the psychopathic characteristics ( callous-unemotional traits, impulsive conduct problems, and narcissism) were relatively stable across three time points. Social relationship variables ( child self-report of social competence, teacher-rated social competence, and peer-rated social preference) were generally correlated with psychopathic characteristics. Self-report of social competence moderated change from Time 1 to Time 2 narcissism based on parent report. Both peer-rated social preference and teacher-rated social competence moderated change from Time 1 to Time 3 impulsive conduct problems. These results provide preliminary support that psychopathic characteristics are generally stable in aggressive children and that social relationships are a potentially valuable point of intervention when children present with these characteristics.
Criminal Justice and Behavior
Barry, T. D.,
Barry, C. T.,
Dening, A. M.,
Lochman, J. E.
(2008). Stability of Psychopathic Characteristics in Childhood - The Influence of Social Relationships. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 35(2), 244-262.
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