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Título: Psychological and behavioral adjustment in female youths with high or low psychopathic traits
Autor: Pechorro, Pedro Fernandes dos Santos
Poiares, Carlos Alberto
Vieira, Rui Xavier
Maroco, João
Nunes, Maria Cristina de Oliveira Salgado
Jesus, Saul Neves de
Palavras-chave: Female juvenile delinquency
Psychopathic traits
Conduct disorder
Behavioral problems
Self-esteem
Data: 2014
Editora: Elsevier
Citação: International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, 37, 619–627
Resumo: The aim of the present study was to analyze the role of psychopathic traits in female juvenile delinquency. Using a sample of 236 young females from the Juvenile Detention Centers of the Portuguese Ministry of Justice and schools in the Lisbon area, a group of female youths with high psychopathic traits (n = 118; M = 15.84 years of age; range = 14–18 years of age) and a group of female youths with low psychopathic traits (n = 118; M = 15.77 years of age; range = 14–18 years of age) were formed based on the Portuguese version of the Antisocial Process Screening Device-Self-report (APSD-SR). The results showed that young females with high psychopathic traits start engaging in criminal activities and come into contact with the justice system earlier in life; exhibit higher levels of behavioral problems, conduct disorder, delinquent behaviors and serious criminality; and demonstrate lower levels of self-esteem and pro-social behavior. The importance of some variables in predicting group membership (high versus low psychopathic traits) was established through a binary logistic regression. Our findings reinforce the importance of the psychopathy construct for the early identification of potentially high-risk female youths and for the assessment of female youths who have already come into contact with the judicial system.
Peer review: yes
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10400.12/3298
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2014.02.036
ISSN: 0160-2527
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