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This study examines the associations between parental abuse, risky behavior, and affective psychopathic traits. Ninety-one (49% males) rural adolescents and young adults (between the ages of fourteen and twenty-five) participated in an investigation of gene and environment interactions. The sample consisted of high school and undergraduate college students. These participants provided self-reports of parental abuse, risky behaviors, and psychopathic affective traits. Results suggested that psychopathic traits, especially a lack of remorse and parental abuse, independently account for some risky behavior.
psychopathic traits, risky behavior, parental abuse, adolescents, early adults
Chorney, M P.; Reistad, J M.; and Risser, Ph.D., Scott, "Parental Abuse, Risky Behavior and Psychopathic Traits in Adolescents and Early Adults" (2013). 2013 Undergraduate Research. 1.