Psychopathic personality traits and their influence on parenting quality: results from a nationally representative sample of Americans

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Psychopathic personality traits have consistently been found to predict a range of negative and dysfunctional outcomes. As a result, it is somewhat surprising that the research to date has failed to empirically examine the potential association between psychopathic personality traits and parenting quality. The current study addressed this omission in the literature by analyzing a community sample of adults. The results revealed that respondents scoring higher on psychopathic personality traits tended to report more negative parenting quality. These results were detected for both males and females and remained significant even after controlling for the effects of parental transmission and child-effects. To our knowledge, this is the first study to show a statistically significant association between psychopathic personality traits and parenting quality. We conclude with a discussion of what these findings mean for psychopathy research and the parenting the literature.

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  • *psychology
  • United States
  • adolescent
  • adult
  • antisocial personality disorder/ep [Epidemiology]
  • child parent relation
  • female
  • human
  • longitudinal study
  • male
  • personality assessment
  • psychological rating scale
  • regression analysis
  • young adult

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  • Beaver K.M.

  • da Silva Costa C.

  • Poersch A.P.

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  • Connolly E.J.

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