An investigation of psychopathic features among delinquent girls: Violence, theft, and drug abuse

Michael G. Vaughn, Christina E. Newhill, Matt DeLisi, Kevin M. Beaver, Matthew O. Howard

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Abstract

Although there has been intense interest in the application of the construct of psychopathy among juveniles, few studies have investigated psychopathic traits among adolescent females. To redress this, this study examines psychopathic features and tests their utility in predicting violent behavior, theft, and drug abuse in a statewide survey of 94 female juvenile offenders. Results indicate that interpersonal and affective facets of psychopathy, specifically narcissism and carefree nonplanfulness were significantly associated with violence and theft. Psychopathy features were not significantly associated with drug abuse. Study limitations and implications for future research are delineated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-255
Number of pages16
JournalYouth Violence and Juvenile Justice
Volume6
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Jul

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Health(social science)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Law

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