The Effects of Psychopathy on Proactive Aggression in a Non-Clinical sample of Adolescents
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This study aimed to explore the relation between psychopathy and proactive aggression among non-clinical adolescents, while controlling for sex. The study uses a sample consisting of 146 participants. The sample consists out of 29 male participants (19.8%) and 117 female participants (79.6%). Psychopathy is measured in two constructs, CU-traits and Narcissism, both being measured by the APSD (Anti-social Process Screening Device). Proactive aggression is measured via the subscale of the RPQ (Reactive-Proactive-Questionnaire). Results of the hierarchical multiple regression analyses revealed a significant positive effect between CU-traits and proactive aggression, and narcissism and proactive aggression. It can be concluded that the current study offers support for the existing literature revealing a positive relation between psychopathy and in particular proactive aggression among non-clinical adolescents. Also, it contributes to further research to a more in-depth study to psychopathy and proactive aggression.