Title

Psychopathic Traits in Adolescence: The Importance of Examining Components in Face Processing, Voice Processing, and Emotional Skill

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2018

School

Psychology

Abstract

© 2018, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. This study examined relations among interpersonal, affective, and impulsive-irresponsible psychopathic traits, emotional capacities, and recidivism rates in 144 detained adolescents. Emotional skill was conceptualized using a range of constructs, including face and voice processing, emotional intelligence, and self-reported cognitive and affective empathy. In addition, the relation between these concepts and recidivism three years after the initial assessment was examined. Results indicated that interpersonal traits were positively associated with better facial identification of fearful faces, whereas affective traits were associated with worse facial identification of sad and happy faces as well as angry voices. Impulsive-irresponsible traits were associated with reduced emotional intelligence. Differential predictive utility of the three psychopathic traits dimensions was also evidenced. Findings highlight the need to consider the broad concept of psychopathy, but also its underlying dimensions.

Publication Title

Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment

Volume

40

Issue

1

First Page

50

Last Page

59

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